January 16, 2015 – Three Malaysian nationals, including a married couple, have been detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on suspicion of planning to join the Islamic State militant group in Syria, said the police.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the three suspects are aged between 25 and 30. “The first suspect is a former factory operator in the Klang Valley, the second is a former factory supervisor in Selangor, while the third is a housewife,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He added that the trio have been detained by the Counter Terrorism Division of the Special Branch, Bukit Aman since Jan 7.
Khalid said the three suspects had previously been deported from Australia for abusing their tourist visa. He said they were also suspected of recruiting and managing the despatch of three other Malaysian nationals to Syria through a third country previously.