EOS Alerts 9-10-2018
Malaysia: Eight Arrested with Links to Terrorism
Malaysian police have announced that eight people, including seven foreigners, were arrested on 24 September on suspicion of having links to terrorist organisations. The group are accused of spreading religious extremism and of founding a madrasa (religious school) in Perlis state with ties to a notorious Salafi madrasa in northern Yemen. Six of those arrested are also suspected of having ties to the Islamic State (IS).
Malaysia has arrested hundreds of suspected armed fighters in recent years. The country suffered its first ISIL attack in June 2016 when a grenade attack at a nightclub in Selangor injured eight people. Whilst the likelihood of a terror attack remains low, it does remain a possibility due to the growing influence of Islamic State in south-east Asia and among Malaysian radicals. Report any suspicious packages, behaviour or activity to the authorities and remain vigilant.