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ICC Note: Malaysian authorities arrested 19 suspected terrorists in a series of swoops in the last few weeks. One of whom is accused of beheading a Christian hostage in Philippines in 2010. Since 2013, more than 260 people have been put behind bars as Malaysian authorities set to capture supporters and sympathizers of ISIS and its affiliates.

09/5/2017 Malaysia (Straits Times) – Malaysian authorities have arrested 19 suspected terrorists, including eight Abu Sayyaf militants, in a series of swoops across four states in the last few weeks.

The suspects included eight Malaysians and 11 foreigners. The foreigners were from Bangladesh, Maldives, Iraq, Palestine, the Philippines and Indonesia. They were nabbed by the Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan and Johor, between July 4 and Aug 30.

Their arrests added to more than 260 Malaysians and foreigners who have been put behind bars by the authorities since 2013, as Malaysia battles supporters and sympathisers of terror organisation Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its affiliates.

Those arrested in the past included Malaysians who were army personnel and policemen, and those who had worked as immigration officers, along with women who wanted to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Three Malaysians, who were part of an ISIS terror cell here, were arrested for smuggling guns to be used for terror attacks in the country.

Malaysia is a magnet for tens of thousands of students from Muslim countries and migrant workers seeking higher pay, and they were among those who had been arrested in recent years.

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