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.