- Three men affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) were arrested after it was discovered they plan to execute attacks on eve of Malaysian Independence Day
- The men were said to be joining the Islamic State
- First successful assault of ISIS in Malaysia was an attack on a bar in June
Malaysian police arrested three individuals who are apparently Islamic State (ISIS) supporters. The three men were said to be planning attacks in Kuala Lumpur, which will be staged on the celebration of Malaysia’s Independence Day.
The three men were said to have received instructions from Muhammad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi, a Malaysian Islamic State fighter, to carry out an attack at a Hindu temple, entertainment center, and at a police station, all to be executed on the eve of the celebrations of Independence Day.
Although it wasn’t confirmed if the attacks would be carried out simultaneously, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, said that right after carrying out planned attacks, the three men would be leaving for Syria to formally join the Islamic State terrorist group.
One of the detained suspects was found to have in his possession a handgun containing 24 bullets, and a grenade.
Wanndy, the Islamic State freedom fighter who purportedly gave instruction to the arrested men, was said to have been responsible for a grenade attack on a bar in June. The incident was said to be the first successful assault of the terrorist group in Malaysia.
The arrest of the three men were not dismissed as isolated cases considering that passports of 68 Malaysians were revoked just this August since they were identified to have intentions of leaving Malaysia to join the terrorist group.
Malaysian authorities have been in high alert after an armed attack was carried out in Indonesia in January this year.
The Islamic State has released a video of its fighters in June, calling out to all of its supporters to be unified in a single umbrella organization in Southeast Asia. – SD, Kami Media