Two of the seven suspects arrested by Malaysia's Counter Terrorism Division. ​(Source: the Star)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) - Malaysian police on December 20 said they have arrested seven people, including four foreigners, for suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group and for planning attacks in Malaysia and other countries.

Police said in a statement that their latest arrests were made between November 3 and December 16.

One foreigner was arrested for suspected links to IS and attempting to get details about security at international school in Kuala Lumpur, while another was detained for helping him. Both were enrolled as students at a university near the capital, police said.

The third foreigner had been detained in the Middle East in 2010 under suspicion of being involved with al Qaeda. Another foreign national suspected of having links to IS tried to smuggle firearms into Indonesia, and also attempted to sneak into Myanmar to launch an attack.

The identity and nationality of the foreigners were not disclosed.

Three Malaysians were detained for planning attacks in the country or for suspected IS links. One of them was getting orders from Muhammad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi – a Malaysian known by police to be fighting with Islamic State in Syria – and was planning attacks on places of entertainment in Kuala Lumpur and the city of Malacca.

Malaysian authorities have revoked the passports of dozens of citizens identified as having left the country to join IS. They reported this year that 18 Malaysians had been killed fighting for the group in Syria, and another seven were killed carrying out suicide attacks. - VNA