Malaysia's police on duty. (Source: Sputnik)
 
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysia police said on March 13 they arrested seven people for suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group during a counter-terrorism operation from March 8-12 in Sabah and Selangor states.

Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspects include two Malaysians and five Filipinos.

Two of the Philippine suspects, aged 27 and 18, were detained on suspicion of raising funds for two Malaysians, Mahmud Ahmad and Mohamad Joraimee, who joined up with IS in the southern Philippines in 2014.

The three other Philippine suspects were arrested for smuggling IS members from Indonesia into the southern Philippines and for planning to travel to Syria to join IS.

Two Malaysians include an female immigration officer, who was allegedly assisted IS militants from Malaysia and Indonesia in entering into the southern Philippines, while the other was deported back to Malaysia after he was arrested by Turkish authorities on January 16 for trying to enter Syria to join IS.

Malaysia has been on high alert since armed gunmen linked to the IS launched multiple attacks in Jakarta, the capital of neighbouring Indonesia, in January 2016. The country’s authorities arrested more than 250 people between 2013 and 2016 over suspected militant activities linked to IS.-VNA