Malaysia police probe military personnel's ties to ISIS

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) Police are working closely with the Armed Forces to investigate any suspected involvement of military personnel with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Referring to the two Armed Forces personnel detained with 15 other suspected militants during a raid recently, Khalid said police were also monitoring other members of the group that had arrived home from Syria and those that were still in Malaysia.

"We are investigating government departments and agencies for civil servants who could be involved in militancy.

"In fact, it is easier for us to monitor civil servants," he said on Friday.

He urged the public to continue cooperating with the police and provide information on possible militant activities.

"So far, we have been getting very good support from the public, who have been giving us information on suspected members of IS. We hope this continues," he added, using an alternative name of ISIS.

On Sunday, Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division officers rounded up 17 militants, who had planned terror attacks on several landmarks in the city, as they felt that Malaysia was a secular and non-Islamic state.

Those detained were between the ages of 14 and 49, and are being held under Sosma 2012.