KUALA LUMPUR: The Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division picked up 350 foreigners in the third phase of their large-scale joint operation on Sunday.
The operation, involving 321 personnel from various agencies including the Special Action Unit (UTK), General Operations Force, Atomic Energy Licensing Board, the Immigration Department, the National Registration Department and Interpol, saw security forces storming the Nilai 3 commercial area.
Counter Terrorism head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan said the raid was conducted in the area following intelligence indicating that Islamic State (IS) militants from Pakistan and Afghanistan had moved their hideout from Jalan Masjid India to Nilai 3.
"We received information that militants from these two countries have links with an IS faction in Khorasan, located at the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Our other targets are foreigners from Bangladesh and Nepal," he said.
Those detained were brought to the Sepang police district headquarters for an intensive screening process.
"We are screening them using the Interpol Foreign Terrorist Fighters list, Counter Terrorist list and Special Branch Lookup list, along with databases of the Immigration Department, National Registration Department and Education Malaysia Services," said DCP Ayob.
He added that four swords and a sledge hammer were also seized on a raid at a carpet shop.
"The screening is currently being held. We will only know the results of the screening process by Monday," he said, adding that the operation was conducted from 2pm to 6pm.
The latest operation was a follow-up to the first and second phases of the operation held in Jalan Masjid India and Sepang respectively.