Monday, March 7, 2016

Zahid says cops foiled Isis plot to kidnap Najib

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said the Isis militant group was planning to kidnap him as well as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. But the home minister said the police's anti-terrorism unit foiled the attempt, as well as plots to create chaos in Kedah, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. "Although there is no proper Daesh (Isis) establishment in the country, those who were here were being influenced and have been receiving orders from the network in Syria. "We detected plans to attack several locations in Kedah, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, attempt to rob of firearms from army camps, making of explosions, robbing cash-in-transit vans as well as plot to kidnap the country's leaders for ransom," he said. Zahid said Putrajaya took several measures to counter Isis, including sharing information with Asean counterparts on identifying terrorist suspects, among other forms of cooperation. "Police have also done their part by monitoring and tracking these suspects and forwarded details to the Immigration Department to be blacklisted or blocked from entering the country. "We are also going to implement the Advanced Passengers Screening System (APPS) for early detection of suspected foreign nationals coming into the country," he said. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), he added, was also roped in to monitor the militant group's propaganda on the social media. – March 8, 2016. MORE TO COME]]>

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