Saturday, March 5, 2016

Police keep tab on 47 Malaysian Isis supporters in Syria, Iraq

A total of 47 Malaysians currently in Syria and Iraq are involved with the Isis militant group, says Bukit Aman Police Special Branch director, Datuk Mohamad Fuzi Harun. He said they comprised 30 men, nine women and eight children, all of whom were among 72 people involved with Isis prior to this. "Of the 72 linked to the militant group, 18 were reportedly killed while with Isis in Syria, while seven others died as suicide bombers last year. "Some of those involved in militant activities were arrested and charged in court," he told Bernama in a recent interview. Fuzi said the police took measures to curb the spread of Isis's ideology by collaborating with the Immigration Department, KL International Airport (KLIA) and Interpol to monitor the country's entry points. "If they (Isis militants) return to their country of origin via KLIA, they will be arrested immediately, and if they use other means, the police have the mechanism to detect them," he added. He said police had the profile of the families of suspected Isis militants and were constantly monitoring them closely. Meanwhile, International Islamic University Malaysia lecturer Dr Ahmad El Muhammady said many people, especially those in rural areas, were not wary of the Isis threat. "The government should organise programmes in rural areas to motivate and brief them on the threat posed by Isis militants," he said. – Bernama, 5 Mac, 2016.]]>

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