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Suspected Malaysian militants bought bomb materials for attacks in Kuala Lumpur

Published on Aug 21, 2014 1:32 PM
 
A park in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers in the backgrond on August 13, 2014. Suspected Malaysian militants loyal to the extremist Islamic State (IS) movement bought bomb-making material ahead of a proposed attack on a Carlsberg brewery near KL. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Suspected Malaysian militants loyal to the extremist Islamic State (IS) movement bought bomb-making material ahead of a proposed attack on a Carlsberg brewery near the capital Kuala Lumpur, a top anti-terrorism official said.

The plan, which the official said was at a "discussion" stage, would be the first time Southeast Asian militants inspired by the rise of IS have sought to launch a major attack at home, adding to officials' fears of a domestic "blowback" from IS expansion in Syria and Iraq.

Ayob Khan Mydin, the police counter-terrorism division's deputy chief, told Reuters that the group of 19 suspected militants had attained aluminium powder, which is often used as an ingredient in bombs.

"In terms of ideology and intention it was very clear," Ayob Khan said in an interview. "It would have been carried out."

 
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