Malaysia: 12 arrests announced – new terror group named – REPORT
Malaysia busts new terror group that as inked to extremists in the Southern Philippines;
The new splinter group authorities say here in the region had a higher level of education and technology skills as opposed to those in the field.
The group has been called the Asian al qaeda 'geek squad' by sources at the Malaysian counter terrorism center which works with other south east Asian governments in combating the spread of terrorism from extremist groups.
A number of high tech bomb making virtual online schools have been traced to Malaysia and the government there has been attempting to counter with mainstream Islamic schools and websites to counter the violent propaganda of the extremists sects in the region.
Authorities in the region are increasingly alarmed over increased recruiting among disgruntled and anti-western younger highly educated Asian Muslims who see the war on terror as a clash of cultures or religion..
These Arrests also marks one of the few times Malaysian authorities have publicly discussed arrests or successes versus groups seen as linked to Jemaah Islamiah and Al Qaeda.
Malaysia's Sipadan resort kidnapping marked the entry of local extremists in the southern Philippines the Abu Sayyaf on the world stage when they kidnapped 22 people from a resort on the island between Malaysia and the Philippines in the Eastern Malaysian portion of Borneo Island.
Malaysia Star – Terror group busted
… By WONG CHUN WAI and LOURDES CHARLES
KOTA KINABALU: A new terrorist group suspected of planning attacks on several neighbouring countries has been uncovered following the arrest of 12 men. The recent capture of members of the Indonesian radical group, Darul Islam, was the Malaysian police's biggest success against terrorism since their crackdown five years ago on Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (KMM) which had links with the Jemaah Islamiah terror network. ….  Malaysia Star
The Darul Islam group, comprising mainly Indonesians, had at least two locals. The 12 detained were nabbed off the coasts of Sandakan and Tawau following months of police surveillance. The police had learnt that several members of the group would be in "transit" in Malaysia while on their way to neighbouring countries, sources said.
"It was hard work. The Malaysian police had been tracking their movements over the last six months. Then they moved in to smash the militant group before it could carry out its plans. It's certainly one of the biggest anti-terrorist successes," a source revealed. The source said police seized several firearms and documents, including bomb-making instructions downloaded from the Internet.
However, it is not immediately known what the group's targets were or when its plans would be executed. Of the Malaysian militants arrested, one is a religious school teacher who graduated with a degree in Arabic literature from a Syrian university, while the other is a graduate from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang. Their job was to organise lodging, transport and other logistical requirements for the group. Police are investigating if Darul Islam had links with the Abu Sayyaf terror group based in the southern Philippines and the al-Qaeda movement led by Osama bin Laden who orchestrated the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The Star learnt that at least 11 members of Darul Islam are being held at the Kamunting detention centre in Perak. They have been issued two-year detention orders under the Internal Security Act. Regional analysts said it was no surprise that police were keeping a keen eye on Sabah in view of its strategic location. "It is close to the southern Philippines, where terror camps have been set up, and Indonesia," said one political risk consultant in Singapore.
"Sabah is also important economically. It is a popular international tourist destination, so there is no compromise when it comes to the safety of tourists. "The police had successfully nailed the group before its members could even plan anything in the area."
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