Three militants inspired by the Islamic State group have been arrested in Malaysia, accused of planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship in the country and neighbouring Indonesia, police said yesterday.
The suspects are thought to have links to a wider IS-inspired cell, some of whose members were detained last week in Malaysia.
Malaysia and Indonesia, both Muslim-majority countries, are on high alert amid fears that followers of the jihadists are plotting attacks after the group’s defeat in the Middle East.
An Indonesian, Nuruddin Alele, was detained Tuesday outside Kuala Lumpur following a tip-off, Malaysian national police chief Abdul Hamid Bador said.
The 34-year-old man had been exposed to IS idealogy while serving a five-year jail term in Indonesia.
He was involved in a plot to kill high-profile individuals and attack Christian, Hindu and Buddhist places of worship and entertainment outlets around Kuala Lumpur, the police chief added.
Authorities announced Monday they had foiled that plot after making the first series of arrests, and seizing explosives.