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ICC Note: Malaysian police arrests Islamic State-linked suspect who was planning to launch an attack on non-Muslims and their places of worship. The suspect was in contact with another IS member from Syria who instructed him to buy weapons and assemble grenades which he was planning to use in an attack. Malaysian police also arrested two other suspects who were planning to join IS.

09/14/2017 Malaysia (Channel News Asia) – Malaysian police have arrested a 21-year-old Islamic State (IS)-linked suspect who received orders from Syria to launch attacks on non-Muslims and their places of worship.

The unemployed man was nabbed during a sting operation conducted in Perak, Selangor and Melaka on Sep 8-10.

He “received instructions from a Malaysian Daesh (or IS) member in Syria to buy a pistol, a M-16 rifle, an AK-47 rifle and hand grenades from a neighbouring country with the aim of launching attacks on non-Muslims and their places of worship”, said Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun in a statement.

No details on the places of worship were provided.

The man joined IS earlier this year. He also received instructions from Malaysian fugitive Mahmud Ahmad of the pro-IS faction of the Abu Sayyaf Group and a Saudi Arabia IS bomb expert on how to assemble improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

“Following that (instructions), the suspect tried three times to assemble IEDs,” said Fuzi.

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