Malaysian police say ISIS flags seen in several states no cause for concern

Smoke rising in the distance behind an ISIS flag and banner in Kirkuk, Iraq.
Smoke rising in the distance behind an ISIS flag and banner in Kirkuk, Iraq. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian police has said there is no cause for alarm over the recent sightings of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flags in parts of Malaysia .

The flags were reportedly seen in several states, including Perak, Terengganu, Kedah and Selangor some two weeks ago.

Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan said the sightings of the flags were no cause for concern as there was no imminent threat.

"We rely on our intelligence ­gathering and cooperation with other anti-terrorism agencies to prevent any attack in the country," he told The Star on Wednesday.

SAC Ayub also reminded the public not to believe any rumours of an impending attack on Malaysian soil.

"We have been monitoring the situation, especially regarding the recruitment of Malaysians by the terror group.

"Our priority is the safety and security of all," he said.

He added that the police was currently investigating who put up the flags.

"We will find those who are responsible for putting up the flags," he said.

A total of 123 suspected militants have been arrested since February 2013. Among those arrested were 106 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians and two Iraqis.