Malaysia detains seven suspected Daesh members

Published January 24th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT

Malaysia said Sunday that it had arrested seven members of a Daesh cell during a three-day operation carried out across the country, AFP reported.

Police said the suspects had received instructions to carry out an attack in Malaysia from Daesh members in Syria, including Bahrun Naim, the militant named as the mastermind behind the Jan. 14 attacks in Jakarta.

"All of the suspects are members of the same cell, who are responsible for planning terror attacks in strategic locations throughout Malaysia," Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement.

One of the arrested suspects was believed to be responsible for gathering and transferring funds to Malaysian citizens looking to join Daesh in Syria. The funds were also used to fund a militant operation within Malaysia, Khalid said.

All seven suspects were Malaysian men between the ages of 26 and 50. Along with the arrests, police also seized bullets, books on religious warfare, Daesh flags and propaganda videos. 

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