Syndicates may be providing foreign militants with fake documents to enter Malaysia, police say

Police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said on Saturday (Oct 14) the 45 foreign terrorists nabbed in the country this year had used various methods to sneak into Malaysia.
Police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said on Saturday (Oct 14) the 45 foreign terrorists nabbed in the country this year had used various methods to sneak into Malaysia. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA - The Malaysian police are looking into the possibility that syndicates are providing foreign terrorist fighters with fake documents to enter the country, The Star reported.

Police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said on Saturday (Oct 14) the 45 foreign terrorists nabbed in the country this year had used various methods to sneak into Malaysia, including with fake travel documents and student visas.

"There are also some of them who came into the country to study in religious institutions. We are working closely with the respective authorities, especially higher learning institutions, to detect these militants to curb this problem," he told a press conference.

Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi had said on Friday that a total of 45 foreign terror fighters were detained in several special operations held between January and Oct 6 this year.

The arrests were made based on intelligence that remnants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had been instructed to infiltrate other countries to launch attacks after losing the majority of their bases in Iraq and Syria.

Among the 45 terrorists detained by Malaysia's Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division were nine from the Abu Sayyaf Group, three from the Turkish Fetullah Terrorist Organisation, one from an Albanian terror cell linked with ISIS and another from the Jamaatul Mujahideen which operates in Bangladesh.

Thus far, 13 have been brought to court, 12 were deported to their respective countries, seven were freed while one has been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015. The remaining 12 are still under investigation.

Mohamad Fuzi said police have also nabbed three more militants over the last three days.