Special Branch’s swift action thwarts militants’ attack

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: A large-scale international attack by Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) was averted last February after swift action by the Bukit Aman Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division.

Special Branch deputy director (2) Comm Datuk Cheong Koon Kock said in the operations, 10 individuals, including two Malaysians were arrested.

“Intelligence gathered revealed the group were members of Al-Qaeda and IS who had plans to set up a terror cell here.

“Following the arrests, we shared information with foreign intelligence agencies and managed to thwart a large scale international attack,” he told reporters at Bukit Aman here yesterday.

He said last year, police also managed to seize six improvised explosive devices and 15 bullets, which were meant to be used by terrorist groups to attack places of worship, following the death of fire fighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

“Through on-going efforts, the Special Branch also succeeded in arresting 72 suspects, including 26 locals, on suspicion of involvement in terror activities.

“We were also involved in operations to eradicate smuggling in Kedah, Pahang, Perak and Negri Sembilan,” he said, adding that the operations saw police seizing items worth RM3mil.

“We also cooperated with the police Anti-Money Laundering Crime Investigation Team and managed to seize RM5mil worth of items linked to wildlife smuggling and hunting,” he said.

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