KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) — Malaysian police said on Saturday that eight terror suspects had been arrested in recent operations for spreading extremist ideology in Malaysia.
Seven of the suspects were foreign nationals and the rest one is Malaysian, with five from an unnamed European country, one from the American continent and one from the Middle East, according to Malaysian police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The suspects were aged between 24 to 38 and all linked to a religious teaching center in Malaysia’s northern Perlis state, either as current students or former student and teaching staff, Mohamad Fuzi said in a statement.
The arrests were made in the states of Johor, Perlis as well as the capital of Kuala Lumpur in simultaneous operations by the counter-terrorism division of the police, following intelligence showing the effort by a terrorist group in Yemen to set up a regional religious study center in Southeast Asia to spread extreme ideology, the statement said.
It added that extreme ideology was hidden behind the terror acts by terrorist groups like Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf.