A man arrested at an LRT station yesterday on suspicion of terrorism had been planning a suicide attack in the city, the Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, said today.
Three other suspected IS members had been arrested at the airport earlier this week on their return from Turkey, Khalid said.
In a statement this afternoon, Khalid said the man, a 28-year-old insurance agent, had admitted to planning a suicide bombing after receiving an order from a Syrian based member of the Islamic State terrorism network.
The attack was said to have taken place on Friday night at a karaoke or a pub, according to an unnamed police source quoted by Malay Mail Online.
Khalid said the suspect was also responsible for hanging several IS flags around Terengganu, Perak, Selangor and Johor, as a warning to the government to stop the series of arrests of Malaysian IS members.
Khalid confirmed that the man was arrested at the Setiawangsa LRT station, and not Jelatek as previously reported in a Twitter posting by the IGP.
Khalid said three suspects were arrested on Monday and were believed to have been recruited by Malaysian IS member Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi @ Abu Hamzah.
Muhammad Wanndy who is currently based in Syria had recruited the suspects through Facebook and online instant messaging.
“The three suspects aged between 23 to 28 were detained on Nov 15 in Gaziantep, Turkey, by the local authorities there. They were attempting to sneak into Syria to join the IS group.
“They were sent back to Malaysia on January 11 and were arrested the moment they landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. They were recruited by Muhammad Wanndy who was also responsible for arranging their movements into Syria.”
The trio were a married couple from Perak and an engineer from Terengganu.