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GOVT ENGINEER, FB RECRUITERS AMONG MALAYSIA IS ARRESTS

 
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian police said 14 people arrested this week for suspected links to the Islamic State group included a government engineer and two others who used Facebook to recruit fighters for the extremist group in Syria.

"Three of them are key players of a cell whose role was to recruit, finance and arrange trips for Malaysians to join terror groups in Syria," national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement late Wednesday.

  • Those arrested ranged in age from 14 to 48 years old and include two women, the statement said.
  • Khalid had been quoted by Malaysian media earlier Wednesday saying the arrests were made Monday in a Kuala Lumpur suburb.
  • Authorities in the Muslim-majority country - as well as some of its Southeast Asian neighbours - have expressed mounting alarm over the extremist group's efforts to lure recruits from Malaysia, which has historically practiced moderate Islam.
Police have arrested a total of three dozen people this year for suspected IS-related activities, and say that at least 40 Malaysians have left for Syria.

Khalid's statement said this week's arrests include a 37-year-old recruiter who is a senior government engineer with the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.

He is believed to have funded recruits' travel to Syria, Khalid said.

Source: AFP

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