Two suspected ISIS militants detained at Kuala Lumpur airport

The departure hall at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). PHOTO: NSTP

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Two suspected militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were detained at the airport in Kuala Lumpur after they were deported by Turkey.

The duo, both Malaysians aged 29 and 24, were detained by Turkish authorities while they were securing safe passage to Syria on Oct 28.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspects were detained by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Oct 30 after they were deported from Turkey.

"One of the suspects is a technician from Johor while the other is a labourer from Sarawak.

"We believe both of them were recruited by known militant Mohamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi," he said in a statement on Friday (Nov 4).

Mohamad Wanndy was also responsible for arranging the flight to Turkey and subsequent travel into Syria.

"The duo tried to fool the authorities by travelling from Butterworth to Bangkok on Oct 23.

"From there, they took a flight to Istanbul, which transited in Abu Dhabi," the police chief said.

He added that the arrests of the suspects were made possible due to intelligence sharing between Bukit Aman and their Turkish counterpart.

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