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3 Filipinos among 8 nabbed for terror links in Malaysia

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By (Reuters)

Kuala Lumpur — Three Filipinos were arrested along with four Malaysians and an Albanian for suspected involvement in terrorist activities linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the police said Saturday.

The arrests were made in the states of Sabah, Selangor and Perak between September 27 and October 6.

Five suspects were arrested in the Borneo state of Sabah, suspected of assisting the Abu Sayyaf militant group’s infiltration into Malaysia.

One of the Filipinos arrested is a permanent resident of Malaysia, authorities said.

Police said the arrested Albanian, a law lecturer at a local public university, has contact with Islamic State.

Another two arrested are former convicts, previously found guilty in 2016 of participating in terrorist activities.

One was arrested under suspicion of recruiting convicts in prison and planning an attack on Muslim, Christian and Hindu places of worship in Malaysia. The suspect is also said to harbor information about a member of the Tanzim Al-Qaeda Malaysia, a group linked to Jemaah Islamiah, who remains at large.

The other was an accomplice suspected of recruiting two Malaysians.

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