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Malaysia police arrest 11th terror suspect

Press Trust of India  |  Kuala Lumpur 

Malaysia today said it has detained 11 suspected Islamist militants over the past few days, terming them as threats to national security and did not rule out more arrests soon.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the existing laws in the country were capable of tackling any threat from militants.

"As we all know, we have arrested 11 suspected militants who we believe are detrimental to national security and public order. Several other suspects are currently being monitored and we will arrest them in the next few days," he told a press conference here.

He warned militant groups not to recruit Malaysian youth as suicide bombers.

"If we detect such elements (threats to national security), we will take action."

The IGP said police had also identified Syria and the Philippines as among the countries with militant networks.

On April 28, nine individuals, aged between 22 and 55 and believed to be involved in militant activities, were arrested by the Counter Terrorism Division of the Special Branch.

The following day, another individual was arrested in Kuala Lumpur.

Yesterday, another suspect was arrested in the city, bringing to 11 the number of people arrested so far in connection with suspected militant activity.

Malaysia practises a moderate form of Islam and has not seen any major terror attacks recently, but there is concern in the multi-religious nation over fears of Islamist radicalisation.

The Southeast Asian nation has been a base for several militant groups, such as the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for the deadly 2002 Bali bombings.

First Published: Sat, May 03 2014. 18:07 IST