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Counterterrorism authorities are instructing banks to deny loans to persons suspected of sympathizing with the Islamic State, after at least five Malaysians were found to have taken out loans to finance their travel to join or otherwise support the group. Among those recently arrested are a former Malaysian military trainer, who was detained at Kuala Lumpur airport as he tried to fly to Syria, and a woman who had borrowed nearly $30,000 for the trip.
A top counterterrorism official said Islamic State militants from a group of 19 arrested for plotting terrorist attacks in Malaysia had acquired aluminum powder for use in making bombs. He also said 12 of the 19 suspects have been released for lack of evidence. Recruiting for the group in Malaysia is swift, he noted, and recruits are being sent to Syria despite the recent arrests. The only prominent Muslim leader in Malaysia who has denounced the Islamic State is former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
A top Malaysian counterterrorism official said police had foiled terrorist plans to bomb targets in Malaysia and set up regional and global Islamic State networks; 19 suspects were arrested. The suspects, who sought to establish an Islamic caliphate comprising Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore, included two housewives as well as professionals, and some had tried to travel to Turkey and Syria for training by the Islamic State. The official said last week some 20 to 30 Malaysians had gone to Syria to join the Islamic State but that the actual number might be "a lot higher."
After eight suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen ambushed a police guardpost at a Mabul Island resort late on July 12, killing one policeman and kidnapping another, authorities launched a search for the attackers. Some officials noted that the attackers came with intent to kill. The navy has been given permission to shoot intruders if necessary to prevent a threat to national security. The Islamist PAS party sacked members Dr. Mahmud Ahmad, Muhammad Joraimee Awang Rimee, and Mohd Najib Husen, for alleged militant activities; the three men were supposedly on humanitarian missions in Mindanao in the Philippines.
Malaysian police confirmed that wanted Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Abdhir, also known as Marwan, is alive and may be working with Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines; he had previously been reported killed in an airstrike in the Philippines in February 2012. Authorities are seeking to arrest Abdhir, an expert bombmaker with global jihadist links. Malaysian authorities are also looking for Dr. Mahmud Ahmad a.k.a. Abu Handzalah, a senior lecturer at Universiti Malaya, who is suspected of leading a jihadist cell with links to the Islamic State and Abu Sayyaf. He is accused of recruiting a Malaysian suicide bomber who killed 25 Iraqi soldiers in Anbar on May 26, as well as planning to kidnap and "silence" members who had left his terror cell. In June, authorities arrested an engineer in the Navy along with two other men for links to the Islamic State and Abu Sayyaf.
A top police official said special operations forces arrested a wanted Shabaab militant in Selangor today. The suspect, a 34-year-old East African, had allegedly fled to Malaysia following Shabaab's attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Malaysian authorities have arrested 12 suspected terrorists in several locations since April 29.
Malaysian police have detained 11 militants suspected of domestic and international terrorism and planning to send fighters to Syria; the head of police said they are not suspected in the disappearance of missing flight MH 370. The search for the airliner is so far unsuccessful after 334 search flights. Heavily armed gunmen in army uniforms stole three boat engines near Sungai Bilis. The head of the MCA party vowed to prevent the implementation of hudud, or Islamic law.
Police arrested nine Malaysian militants in Kuala Lumpur and Kedah state. The national police chief said the suspects had links to foreign terrorist cells and belonged to a militant group that planned terror attacks at home and abroad.