Terror threat grows in Indonesia and Malaysia as militants shift their attention closer to home

Malaysian police over the past week (July 12-17) arrested seven suspected ISIS militants, including a man who threatened to assassinate the Malaysian King and Dr Mahathir.
Malaysian police over the past week (July 12-17) arrested seven suspected ISIS militants, including a man who threatened to assassinate the Malaysian King and Dr Mahathir.PHOTO: MALAYSIA POLICE

SINGAPORE - Counter-terrorism agencies are uncovering more attack plots in Indonesia and Malaysia as local militant groups and extremist sympathisers turn their attention to striking at home as ISIS falls to coalition forces in the Middle East.

Analysts say the string of arrests in the two countries these past months - some of which were connected to brazen plots, including a threat to kill the Malaysian King and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad - illustrates the foothold radical ideology still has in the region.

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