MALAYSIAN POLICE REMAIN VIGILANT AGAINST DAESH MILITANT THREAT

KUALA LUMPUR– The trend of Malaysians joining the Daesh group has slowed down following the death of Daesh Malaysian recruiter Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi.

Federal police Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said although the trend had slowed down, police would remain vigilant.

Although the trend seems to have slowed down, it does not mean that they are not active. Maybe they are active, but we are unable to trace their activities.

This is why we will continue our surveillance and collection of intelligence to ensure any attempts to launch an attack (on Malaysia) could be thwarted, he said after giving a talk on Islamic perspective on terrorism and its connection with Daesh at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Training Institute here Tuesday.

Ayob said Wanndy recruited people openly through social media and it was possible that there were still Malaysians in Syria actively recruiting locals.

Other militants residing in Syria, such as Wan Mohd Aquil Wan Zainal Abidin, also known as Akel Zainal, were believed to be active, Ayob added.

Wanndy, who used the nom de guerre Abu Hamzah Al-Fateh, was the former leader of Malaysian Daesh militants in Syria. He was killed in a drone attack in the war-torn country in April.

He was a much-wanted man among Malaysian counterterrorism operatives. He was also wanted internationally and was listed on the United State’s Specially Designated Global Terrorist list in March.

Despite being in Syria, Wanndy called the shots for activities in Malaysia. He actively recruited new members, oversaw financial sourcing and arranged for would-be militants to travel to Syria.

Wanndy also planned and coordinated attempts to attack Malaysian targets. A total of 17 planned attacks were thwarted by the police, with the exception of one � the grenade attack on the Movida nightspot in Puchong last year.

On another matter, Ayob said it was important for enforcement officers to gain intelligence to combat lone wolf attacks.

When asked if there was such an attack in Malaysia, Ayob said there was only one case in Malaysia and even then, they received orders from Malaysian militants in Syria.

It could happen anywhere, it is impossible to thwart, unless there is intelligence, he said.

Earlier, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, who launched the symposium, said the city council had worked hand-in-hand with police to combat terrorism in the country.

Police were placed at the council’s Integrated Transport Information System control room in Bukit Jalil to monitor possible suspicious individuals through the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera there.

More than 1,000 high-definition CCTVs, which stream camera recordings from all over Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital in real time, were used by the city council.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK