KUALA LUMPUR: 14 suspected militants who is believed to be associated with the recruitment of Malaysians into the Islamic State (IS) has been arrested by the police. One of the youngest suspect militant is a 14 year old boy. The oldest among the detained is a 48 year old graphic designer, chef and an employee of an events company and also a businessman.
So far the police have arrest about 37 suspected militants but Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division is still hunting for more individuals. “We believe he was funding the militants’ trips to Syria. The man, an engineer by profession, is also suspected of having links to three wanted militants who are hiding with the Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines,” according to the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
They are believed to be leaders of a local militant group that trains members to fight in Syria and Iraq. Also detained were two females, a housewife and a widow, believed to be recruiting young women to join IS.“It starts with Facebook postings and then the militants use these female members to entice other women to join up.“These female recruiters have motherly natures, which add to their effectiveness,” said a source.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has also said the Government would go all out to stop militancy.
Source: The Star