Terror threat in South-east Asia intensifies

Malaysia, Indonesia in focus as ISIS falls in Mid-East; arrests show authorities on alert

Malaysian police have arrested seven suspected ISIS militants including a man who threatened to assassinate the country's King, and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed.
Malaysian police have arrested seven suspected ISIS militants including a man who threatened to assassinate the country's King, and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed.PHOTO: MALAYSIAN POLICE

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 the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (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 Malaysia's King, and its Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad - illustrates the foothold radical ideology still has in the region.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2018, with the headline 'Terror threat in region intensifies'. Print Edition | Subscribe