On Friday, Malaysian police arrested three men over suspected terror activities after the United States and Australian embassies warned of a potential attack.
The detainees including two foreigners were arrested when Malaysian police conducted a special operation around Kuala Lumpur as part of an ongoing counter terrorism operation. A Malaysian, an Indonesian and a Syrian, aged between 30 and 51 years old, were detained in an apartment not far from Jalan Alor area.
According to sources, one of the suspects was found to have made frequent trips to Yemen and was detected entering Malaysia a few days ago. The details about other alleged terrorists are not yet made public.
“Investigation is ongoing to determine if the three of them are involved in any plans to launch attack in Malaysia,” said National Deputy Police Chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim.
Earlier in the day, the US Embassy issued an alert advising its citizens to avoid Alor Street, located in a shopping belt in the center of Kuala Lumpur. Hours later, the Australian embassy issued a similar alert to its citizens based on the US threat warning.
Police have stepped up security and increased patrols in popular public places and other strategic locations. The security forces will continue monitoring the situation to ensure the safety and interests of the country are protected.
Last month, a dozen suspected ISIS members were arrested by the Malaysian police in multiple raids nationwide. Those arrested included security forces personnel, former interior designer and kindergarten teacher.
In the past two years, Malaysia has arrested more than 100 supporters of the Islamic State group, some of whom were allegedly plotting attacks in the country. They were held for offences such as raising funds for the militants, recruiting Malaysians and getting weapons for attacks. No attacks have occurred in Malaysia. IMAGE/ Getty Images