Kuala Lumpur, May 13: Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) on Monday claimed that they have apprehended four suspected militants in connection with terror and assassination ploys to “avenge” the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.
“Our counter terrorism unit found a ‘wolf pack’ allied with IS who were planning to assassinate high profile targets and launch simultaneous terror attacks on entertainment outlets as well as Hindu and Buddhist temples and Christian churches,” said Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador during a press meet at Bukit Aman.
The suspects comprised two Rohingyas, an Indonesian and a Malaysian, who were caught in raids conducted between May 5 and 7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaymail reported, adding that the accused admitted of being part of an Islamic State (IS) cell and were planning revenge attacks on non-Muslims for the death of firemen Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.
Fireman Adib was critically injured in the early morning of November last year, after he and his team members responded to an emergency call at the temple, where a riot had taken place earlier.
He was taken to a hospital and later transferred to the National Heart Institute for further treatment, but died a month afterwards.
The Inspector General said, “All four suspects admitted to planning attacks during the first week of Ramadan to exact revenge for the death of firemen Muhammad Adib who died during the Seafield temple riots.
“They planned to kill those they felt offended Islam or didn’t defend Muslim rights,” he added.
The police also found a 9mm CZ pistol with 15 bullets and six Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) measuring 18cm long.
The subsequent arrests were made on May 7.
Two Rohingyas aged 20 and 25, one with a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) tag, were picked up in Kuala Lumpur and Old Klang Road while the Indonesian who was working at a zinc factory was apprehended in Subang Jaya.
“All of them will be charged under the Act 574 of the Penal Code and will be investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.”
Abdul Hamid also said that they are three more suspects at large.
Police believe the weapons and bombs they confiscated may have come from Syria, and are trying to find the IS member who is most likely to have been in contact with the three suspects. “We believe these weapons could have come from neighbouring countries,” said Abdul Hamid. (UNI)