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IGP: More IS-linked suspects arrested

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KUALA LUMPUR: Several more suspects with links to the Islamic State (IS) have been picked up, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Khalid confirmed the arrests when he spoke to The Star at the Hari Raya open house of Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali on Thursday.

He added that the manhunt for the two Puchong grenade attack suspects was still on.

“They have gone into hiding but we are confident that we can track them down,” said Khalid.

A nationwide manhunt has been launched to track down 28-year-old Md Saifuddin Muji and 33-year-old Jasanizam Rosni for their alleged role in the bombing of a Puchong nightclub.

He added that police were also keeping a close watch on social media websites and deploying more personnel to sensitive areas, and reminded the media to not publicise the activities of militants or their new threats.

“Let’s not give them space and the avenue to project themselves. We are aware that several of them are aiming to be the local cell leader by planning more dastardly acts,” added Khalid.

It is learned that three Malaysians were vying to lead the local IS cell – Mohd Rafi Udin @ Abu Awn Al-Malizi from Negri Sembilan, Muhamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi @ Abu Hamzah Al-Fateh from Malacca and Zainuri Kamaruddin @ Abu Thalma Malizi from Perak.

On police personnel being influenced by IS, Khalid said that no more personnel were found to have been influenced aside from the two already detained for questioning.