Malaysia foils IS-linked plot, seizes explosives

Four suspected militants have been detained in connection with terror and assassination plots to “avenge” the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

The four were targeting several VIPs and non-Muslim houses of worship, said Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador, adding that the hunt is on for remaining members of the plot.

The Inspector-General of Police said the male suspects – a Malaysian, two Rohingya and an Indonesian – were detained in special ops by the Counter Terrorism Division (E8) in Terengganu and Klang Valley between May 5 and May 7.

“Officers from E8 detected this ‘wolf pack’ Islamic State (IS) state cell who planned to assassinate four VIPs and launch large-scale attacks on non-Muslims houses of worship, as well as entertainment centres in the Klang Valley.

“They were planning to carry out their plans in the first week of Ramadan to ‘avenge’ the death of Muhammad Adib,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman on Monday (May 13).

Their reasons given for targeting the VIPs were the supposed failure to “protect the sanctity of Islam”, he added.