Terrorism: Police Conducting Wider Probe Following Arrest Of South Asian Man

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 – Police are expanding their investigations into the ideology and networking of the South Asian man who was arrested here on Wednesday on suspicion of having links with terrorists planning attacks on foreign missions in India. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said the investigation also includes the remnants of his group, his involvement in violent extremism abroad, as well as his connections with a number of foreign suspects arrested earlier in India.

“A thorough investigation is being carried out concerning the individual’s background, network and ideology which might likely be spread in Malaysia,” he told reporters after making a visit to the National Heart Institute in conjunction with the 207th Police Day celebration here Friday. The suspect who was detained in a residential area in Kepong here is believed to have entered Malaysia as tourist to hide.

He was picked up at 11.55am by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Unit after close monitoring since December last year. On May 8, police arrested a Somalian suspect, 34, believed to be linked to the African terrorist group Al-Shabab. Mohd Bakri also said police were also conducting a thorough investigation on three Turkish nationals arrested on Tuesday in Wangsa Maju here, who the police believe were planning Al-Qaeda-style attacks.