Police have arrested nine suspected Islamic State militants during a two-week sweep in Malaysia as part of a crackdown on extremism in the predominantly Muslim country, a senior official said Saturday.
Among those arrested were two further suspects in the grenade attack on a bar in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in June, which injured eight people, Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said.
Khalid said the two bar attack suspects had conspired with two others who had already been charged in court in connection with the attack in Petaling Jaya on June 28.
“The nine suspects were arrested in the crackdown from July 20 to August 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Sabah and Kelantan,” Khalid said in a statement.
Two weeks ago, Malysian authorities cancelled the passports of 68 of its citizens who were suspected of having gone to Syria and Iraq to support the Islamic State militants.
More than 200 Malaysians have been arrested by anti-terrorist police on suspicion of Islamic State-related activities since early 2013, police records show.