KAJANG: A total of 15 foreigners, mostly from African countries, were detained following a joint operation led by the Immigration Department in Taman Alam Jaya, Batu 9, Cheras.
The operation which targeted illegal immigrants from African countries saw checks performed on more than 33 foreigners for their travel documents as well as other matters.
Enforcement officers detained 10 Nigerian men, three women – one each from Uganda, Nigeria and Thailand – as well as two Thai children in the operation on Friday night (May 24).
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the arrests were made possible due to cooperation from the police and the local council.
"The illegal immigrants were brought to the Kajang police district headquarters for further checks.
"They were then handed to immigration officers on hand for investigations under the Immigration Act," he said when contacted.
Since 2018, the department has detained 295 foreigners from African countries over multiple immigration offences, he added.
"We will step up operation on areas believed to be controlled or monopolised by Africans
"We are committed towards continuous operations against illegal immigrants, regardless of their nationalities," he said.