3 IS militants held for planning attacks on Hindu temple
Three militants from the dreaded Islamic State (IS) terror group have been arrested in Malaysia for allegedly plotting attacks on a famous Hindu temple in Batu Caves, entertainment outlets and police stations across the country on the eve of Independence Day.
They were arrested by the Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division between August 27 and 29, police said on Wednesday. The three men were reportedly planning an attack on a Hindu temple, an entertainment centre, and a police station on Tuesday on the eve of the country’s Independence Day celebrations, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said.
Batu Caves are home to famous Hindu temples and shrines dedicated to Lord Murugan. “The first suspect, a 20-year-old man, was detained in Selangor on August 27 with a K75 grenade and a pistol along with 9mm bullets. We believe he obtained the weapons from a middleman,” Khalid said.
The two others, aged 27 and 20 years, were caught on August 29. “They were planning to go to Syria once they managed to attack the targets,” he added.
Police said they had seized a grenade and a gun with 24 bullets from one of the arrested men, who works as a lorry driver. The two others worked as a butcher and a drinks seller. Khalid said the three had been receiving orders from IS militant Mohamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi, a Malaysian, known to be fighting with the IS in Syria and is seen as the man responsible for ordering a grenade attack in June on a bar on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, the Islamist group’s first successful assault in Malaysia.