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Malaysian police capture 3 militants, including senior leader: Official

Published on Jun 13, 2014 8:38 PM
Philippine National Police handout picture shows a police investigator taking the fingerprint of militant Khair Mundos (left) inside a Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Quezon city, metro Manila on June 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The Malaysian police on Friday captured three men allegedly involved in militant activities, including a senior leader trained by the extremist group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, an official said.

Police deputy inspector-general Bakri Zinin said the trio, aged between 29 and 31, were arrested during an anti-terror swoop in the town of Sandakan in Sabah state on Borneo island.

"There is an element of terrorism involved," Insp-Gen Bakri told AFP, adding that all three were Malaysian citizens. "One of them was trained in a neighbouring country and had plans to go somewhere else (to fight)," he added.

Insp-Gen Bakri said the suspected senior member of a militant wing had received armed training at camp run by Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels in the southern Philippines since April 22. "He managed to sneak back into the country with the help of a naval personnel on June 11," he said in a statement.

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