Malaysia says suspected ISIS-linked militant was planning suicide attack

Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said a suspected militant arrested in Kuala Lumpur had confessed to planning a suicide atttack.
Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said a suspected militant arrested in Kuala Lumpur had confessed to planning a suicide atttack.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia's police chief said on Saturday (Jan 16) that a suspected militant arrested in a metro station in Kuala Lumpur had confessed to planning a suicide atttack in the country.

The 28-year-old male was arrested on Friday with weapons and documents related to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, police said.

In a statement, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspect confessed to planning a suicide attack in Malaysia after receiving orders from a foreign ISIS member in Syria. No other details were immediately available.

He said three other people suspected of being supporters of ISIS were also arrested between Jan 11 and Jan 15. The three were arrested at Kuala Lumpur international airport after they returned from Turkey, where they were detained for trying to make their way into Syria.