KOTA BAHARU, Aug 22 – Minister of Defense Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein confirmed that five members of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) was among those detained on suspicion of involvement in IS militant group two days ago. Accordingly, ATM had surrender completely to the Counter Terrorism Division Bukit Aman for the investigation.
“However, we would like to refused the divulge details on the five-member inquiry may be to avoid a hit, and only said they were members of lower ranks. Five members of the ATM has been suspended with immediate effect. This means that as of today, 11 soldiers have been detained (on suspicion of being linked) with IS,” he told reporters after opening the Umno division delegates meeting in Kota Baharu here on Friday.
The Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar reportedly on Thursday said that the local police arrested 10 people, including six members of the security forces on suspicion of involvement in militant group in simultaneous operations in five states and Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
“Although the involvement of military personnel in the IS group is not too serious but ATM has taken proactive measures to prevent the movement from spreading outside the country of Malaysia. This is a phenomenon that we closely guarded and we work closely with the intelligence agencies around the world as no country is immune from this IS a touch,” said Hishammuddin.
“The ATM will take stern action against members who are suspected to be linked to the IS group. In ASEAN, I was chaired a meeting of defense ministers have made a unanimous stance never support or condone IS contagion in our region. Each country will take measures so that their IS does not gain a foothold here,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said he followed closely the development of bombings in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday, to determine whether the incident was a risk for Malaysia. He was informed by his counterpart that any information relating to the incident have been confirmed will be forwarded to the States.
In the bomb blast at the Ratchaprasong intersection near Erawan Shrine and major shopping centers in Bangkok at 7pm (8pm GMT) on Monday, five people were killed and three other Malaysia injury. They were among 20 people killed and 123 injured from the blast, one of the worst cases of violence in Bangkok in the last few months.