Taleban claims to have caught two Malaysians fighting for ISIS-linked militants in Kabul

Battles between Taleban and IS-K fighters have been raging in Kabul following a suicide attack at Kabul airport.
Battles between Taleban and IS-K fighters have been raging in Kabul following a suicide attack at Kabul airport.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, REUTERS) - Two Malaysian militants believed to be fighting alongside the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), known as Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K), have been detained by Taleban authorities.

Britain's The Times quoted Taleban CID chief Maulawi Saifullah Mohammed saying that six militants - four Afghans and two Malaysians - were detained following a gun battle on the western side of Kabul on Thursday (Aug 26) night.

"Four are Afghans but it seems the other two are Malaysians," he said. "They aren't as tough as they think they are. We've just beaten the armies from 36 Nato countries so we know we can capture and kill ISIS wherever we find them."

However, the report did not identify the Malaysians.

Malaysia's top police official on Saturday said the country was seeking help from foreign security agencies to confirm media reports that two of its nationals had been arrested by the Taleban in Afghanistan for their alleged involvement in Islamic State.

Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said authorities had no information regarding the involvement of any Malaysians in the militant group in Afghanistan.

“The Royal Malaysian Police has requested security agencies abroad to confirm the reports as well as the allegations,” he said. “Investigations are also being carried out on whether those reports involved Malaysian Islamic State fighters who are already overseas.”

In the past decade, dozens of Malaysians have left their country to fight with Islamic State in Syria and other nations, though some have since been allowed to return under conditions set by authorities. It was unclear how many remain overseas. 

Battles between Taleban and IS-K fighters have been raging in Kabul following a suicide attack at Kabul airport which saw 200 dead, including American troops.

IS-K is opposed by both the US and the Taleban. The group, which is active in South and Central Asia, aims to establish an Islamic caliphate in what was once known as the Khorasan region, made up of present-day north-eastern Iran, parts of Afghanistan and some parts of Central Asia.