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2 Bangladeshi IS suspects arrested in Kuala Lumpur

24 Jan, 2017 11:24:55

Staff Correspondent:At least four people, including two Bangladeshi nationals have been held over their suspected involvement with Islamic State (IS) in Malaysia.

The two Bangladeshi suspects were arrested in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 19.

The arrestees were working as salesmen.

Both are supposed to have links with IS militant groups in Bangladesh and planned to travel to the southern Philippines.

Malaysian Special Branch's Counter-Terrorism Division arrested four people, including the two Bangladeshis, in separate raids between January 13 and 19 in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah.

The suspects included a 31-year-old Filipino man and a 27-year-old Malaysian woman.

The Bangladeshis, aged 27 and 28, worked as salesmen, and were held last Thursday in Kuala Lumpur. They were suspected of having ties to suspected IS militants in Bangladesh and planning to join Dr Mahmud's terror cell.

Dr Mahmud was a former lecturer at University Malaya who had joined IS militants based in the southern Philippines.