Four suspected of IS links arrested in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 16 (IANS) Malaysian police said on Saturday that four individuals, including a married couple, have been arrested for suspected links to the Islamic State terror group.

One of the suspected IS members was arrested on Friday at a light rail train (LRT) station in downtown Kuala Lumpur, not far from the iconic Twin Towers, an area often attracting many foreigners, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement, Xinhua reported

The 28-year-old admitted that he was planning a suicide attack after receiving other IS members in Syria, according to the statement. Police also believe that the man was responsible for putting up IS flags in several regions in Malaysia, intended to warn the authorities against taking action against IS members.

The other three suspects were arrested upon their arrival in Malaysia after being repatriated by Turkish authorities.

Police said the three joined IS and were arrested in Gaziantep in Turkey while trying to sneak into Syria. They were recruited by a Malaysian militant who had joined the IS in Syria through a social networking site.

Police said they had been on high alert following the bomb attacks in Indonesian capital city of Jakarta on Thursday. Authorities said more than 40 Malaysians were believed to be fighting for the IS in Syria and Iraq at present.

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