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Malaysia launches manhunt for more Somali terror suspects

Published on May 11, 2014 10:26 AM
The Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Unit has been tracking six Al-Shabaab members who entered the country in the past few weeks, according to sources. -- FILE PHOTO: UTUSAN MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian police's counter terrorism division has launched a manhunt for at least five other members of the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab who entered the country as college students and tourists.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the hunt was to ensure that Malaysia did not become a training ground for militant groups.

"Malaysia has never compromised when it comes to militant activities. This (efforts to hunt terrorists) is done continuously," he told reporters after visiting the Kamunting Prison on Saturday.

"We are hunting down several individuals. Some of them are married to local women. They have not set up bases in this country but they share the ideology."

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