Housewife said to be ISIS recruiter among latest terror suspects to be nabbed in Malaysia

A housewife and a civil servant were among three people detained in Malaysia for alleged links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the latest such arrests, the country's police chief said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NE
A housewife and a civil servant were among three people detained in Malaysia for alleged links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the latest such arrests, the country's police chief said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK 

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/Asia News Network): A housewife and a civil servant were among three people detained in Malaysia for alleged links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the latest such arrests, the country's police chief said on Tuesday.

The suspects, aged between 22 and 39, were detained in separate operations in Johor, Perak and Kuala Lumpur between Saturday and Monday conducted by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the woman, a 29-year-old housewife from Johor, is believed to be responsible in influencing others to join ISIS.

"The second suspect, a 22-year-old trader from Perak is suspected of funding those who intended to head to Syria to join (ISIS)," Khalid said in a statement.

"The third suspect is a 39-year-old government department officer, identified as a senior ISIS member," the police chief added.

He added that Bukit Aman would not let Malaysia become a hotbed for terrorists.