Malaysia Detains 17 Militants, 2 Coming From Syria, Suspected of Plotting Terror Acts in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – The Malaysian police detained 17 suspected militants who were allegedly planning terror activities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the arrest through a Twitter post on Monday.


“Syabas Bhg Counter Terrorism @PDRMsia semlm t’kap 17 org sedang merancang lakukan keganasan di KL. 2 dr mrk baru balek dr Syria. Go PDRM Go,” Khalid Abu Bakar.

The Twitter post translates to “Congratulations to the police’s Counter Terrorism division yesterday [Sunday] for arresting 17 people planning to commit acts of terror in Kuala Lumpur. Two of them had just got back from Syria”.

Khalid added that the suspects were detained by the Special Branch’s Counter Terrorism Division personnel.

“As I mentioned before, I will never allow Malaysia to be a transit point or hideout for any terror groups,” he said.

There was no further explanation as to exactly what acts of terror the men were planning, or what they were doing in Syria.

Last week, Malaysia’s home ministry proposed two new anti-terror laws in a bid to curb suspected militant activities in the country. –