Malaysia nabs 16 terror suspects

The suspects were nabbed from six states including Kelantan and Selangor (above). The latest arrests bring to more than 250 the number of people detained by Malaysian police since late 2013 for suspected ties to ISIS.
The suspects were nabbed from six states including Kelantan and Selangor (above). The latest arrests bring to more than 250 the number of people detained by Malaysian police since late 2013 for suspected ties to ISIS.PHOTO: MALAYSIAN POLICE

Fourteen suspected members of a local terrorist cell were among 16 people nabbed by Malaysian police in a two-week operation that ended last week.

The arrests were made in six states: Selangor, Kelantan, Kedah, Perak, Penang and Sabah.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday that the 14 were allegedly part of a cell led by Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, a Malaysian who is a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group.

The Syria-based 26-year-old is believed to have masterminded the bombing of a bar in a Kuala Lumpur suburb in June. It was the first successful terrorist attack on Malaysian soil.

The Malaysian authorities have nabbed more than 250 suspects, including the 16, to date.

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