Terror attacks in the region related to killing of Malaysia's most-wanted militant Wanndy Jedi: DPM Zahid

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urged people to be vigilant.
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urged people to be vigilant. PHOTO: THE STAR

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) - The spate of terror attacks in several districts in Thailand, the Indonesian capital Jakarta, and clashes in the southern Philippine province of Mindanao are linked to the killing of Malaysia's most-wanted ISIS militant Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, said Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Muhammad Wanndy, who masterminded the first terror strike carried out by ISIS in Malaysia when a bomb was thrown into a nightspot in June last year, was killed in an "attack" in Raqqa, Syria, on April 29.

Calling Wanndy ISIS's South-east Asian coordinator, Zahid said Malaysia's intelligence agency had concluded that the attacks were linked to the 27-year-old militant's death.

Malaysia's intelligence agency also found the existence of the "Katibah Nusantara" network by ISIS for terrorists in the region, according to Zahid.

"What happened in Southern Thailand, Jakarta and Mindanao was that the intelligence agency found there was a link to the killing of Wanndy, who was previously a Katibah Nusantara coordinator," Zahid told reporters on Thursday (May 25).

"We in Malaysia should not feel comfortable with this situation," he said after launching the "Data Big Splash"programme at the University of Malaya today.

Malaysian police have boosted their level of preparedness, especially as the country prepares to host the SEA Games and Asean Para Games in August and September.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, also urged the people to be vigilant.

"Bombings can occur at any time, anywhere in the world and Malaysia is not excluded, and (possibly) will experience such an incident if the people are not careful and only leave it to the enforcement agencies to be prepared,"he said.

He added that cooperation between the government"s enforcement agencies with the foreign agencies such as ASEANAPOL was also being boosted to track down and monitor the movements of the terrorists.

Thailand had experienced several series of bombings with the latest incident at the Bangkok Hospital last Monday which injured 20 people. On Wednesday East Jakarta was shaken by twin suicide bombings which killed at least three people.

The Philippine government has meanwhile imposed martial law in Mindanao following bloody clashes between government forces and ISIS-linked militants in Marawi city .