Malaysian police have confirmed that a leaked police communiqué Whatsapp message notifying the public of the presence of suicide bombers in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah was indeed authentic.
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Inspector-General of the Malaysian Police Squad, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has confirmed this rumor to online news portal Malaysiakini, saying the police memo was indeed genuine and expressed great regret over the leak; saying that the police force wanted to keep the information from the public as to not incite worry or havoc among the public.
The memo that was spread widely throughout Malaysia through a chain Whatsapp message reportedly said that the Phillipine militant group Abu Sayyaf, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had 18 of their suicide bombers infiltrate Kuala Lumpur and Sabah- 10 in Kuala Lumpur, and 8 in Sabah. The initial note (not to be confused with the Whatsapp chain message), instructed police to increase patrols and intelligence surveillance to protect Malaysians from these religious militants.
Tan Sri Khalid said the police are keeping track of all possible threats and were taking measures to neutralize the suicide bombers and their mission to incite pain and havoc.
“We will not allow such things (suicide bombings) to happen,” Malaysiakini quoted him saying.
According to the report, the circular, dated Nov 16, originated from the Sabah police headquarters and was based on intelligence information gleaned from a “meeting and planning” between three terrorist organizations, namely the Abu Sayyaf, ISIS and the Moro National Liberation Front.
The meeting in Sulu, Philippines, is said to have taken place on Sunday, was attended by 14 leaders from the three organizations and 50 members of Abu Sayyaf, who were armed with M16 rifles, pistols and bombs.
The leaders of the terror groups agreed to several resolutions during that meeting, including agreeing to recruit new members and deploying Abu Sayyaf and ISIS assets to Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, the circular stated.
“These suicide bombers underwent military training in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as prepared (sic) to receive orders from their leaders to launch attacks or bombings,” the circular reportedly said, according to Malaysiakini.
Criminologist P. Sundramoorthy told The Straits Times that Malaysian police and other law enforcement agencies and intelligence services here have an excellent track record of neutralizing threats from radical and extremist groups.
“The confirmation by the IGP (Inspector-General of Police) clearly demonstrates the fact that the Malaysian authorities are on track,” Dr Sundramoorthy said.
He added that the public should not be unduly worried but, at the same time, should not take safety for granted and always be on the lookout for suspicious activity- and are asked to instantly contact authorities should there even be a slight hint of an imminent terror attack.
Source : Strait Times
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