Another Individual Detained, Raising Total To 10 Militants

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KAJANG, April 29 – Another individual believed to be involved in militant activities was detained in Kuala Lumpur this morning, raising the total number arrested to 10 individuals. Yesterday, nine people including a woman aged between 25 and 26, were arrested by the Counter Terrorism Division, Special Branch, Bukit Aman police, three were arrested in Kedah and six in Selangor. Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the individual was a widow but declined to diclose details on the location and time of arrest. “As of this morning, we have detained 10 people who are believed to be linked to the Al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah networks and received military-style training,” he said. He disclosed this at a press conference after the Donning of the Time-Based Rank based on excellence for Prisons corporals and sargeants, the launch of the motorcycle escort unit and Prisons FC football jersey.

Ahmad Zahid said the ministry had also seized military-style uniforms, jihad books, rambo knives, samurai swords and the flag of an international terrorist group from the 10 individuals. He said that intelligence information revealed that they had networks within and outside the country and had participated in several jihad missions in countries that were undergoing turmoil. “They are doing things similar to what the Al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah are doing under the guise of humanitarian missions,” he said. He said the Royal Malaysia Police would continue the mission to track down the remnants of the group who were believed to number more than 10 and residing in various locations in the country. Ahmad Zahid said at the conclusion of the investigation, he would ask Bukit Aman to expose the group comprising individuals of various background.

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