KUALA LUMPUR: The 13 suspected Darul Islam terrorists detained in Tawau last week were part of a group that is believed to have plotted to assassinate a local assemblyman.
Counter-terrorism sources said that they were also planning to hold a police officer hostage to secure the release of their comrades.
According to them, the group had attended guerilla warfare training in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and were also taught to make bombs.
Their group leader Abdullah Omar was arrested in Indonesia in July.
“This group first surfaced in 2006 and wanted to murder an assemblyman but counter-terrorism officers thwarted its plans,” one source said
NEW DELHI: An influential Pakistani leader has claimed that members of a militant wing of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Pakistan's third largest political party, have moved to Malaysia to establish a new base, as their London office has been reeling under pressure of late.
They want to make Malaysia their second home as things are getting hot here (London). As home minister of Sindh for nearly 31/2 years, I was monitoring their activities. They even bought properties in the capital (Kuala Lumpur) and a former nizam (mayor) of Karachi is handling their Malaysian affairs."
PUTRAJAYA: The two new acts to replace the Internal Security Act, which will be repealed next year, will allow for detention of suspected terrorists without trial.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said this method was effective in combating militant activities, citing the United States of America's Patriot Act, United Kingdom's Prevention of Terrorism Act and Australia's Anti-Terror Act, as examples.
These countries, Hishammuddin said, were major champions of human rights, but when faced with terrorism and militant activities, they would resort to such acts to safeguard peace.
He pointed out cases of a few Malaysians who were imprisoned in Guatanamo without trial for years after being suspected of being involved in terrorist activites.
"So please, let there not be any double standards," he said after the ministry's monthly gathering, here, yesterday.