Militants in Malaysia planned raids for guns, attacks in capital police

NNA – Suspected militants loyal to the Islamic State (IS) had planned to raid Malaysian army camps and police stations to seize weapons and to attack “strategic locations” in the capital, Malaysia’s police chief said on Tuesday.

Hours after news of the arrest of 17 suspects, lawmakers passed an anti-terrorism bill early on Tuesday following more than 10 hours of debate on legislation that reintroduces detention without trial
three years after it was revoked.

Police arrested the 17 on Sunday saying they wanted to establish an Islamist regime in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian country.

“The purpose of this new terrorist group is to establish an Islamic country a la IS in Malaysia,” police chief Khalid Abu Baker said in a statement on Tuesday.–REUTERS

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