KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 16, 2018: Police has arrested seven Filipinos and a Malaysian suspected to be involved in terrorism, including a Filipino who beheaded captives of the Abu Sayyaf group.
They were arrested in raids between October 30 and November 12 in Sabah and Putrajaya by the Counter Terrorism Division.
The Malaysian was the first to be arrested, in Putrajaya on Oct. 30. He was a 38-year-old man who was an agent selling gold bullion and was involved in channelling funds to Akel Zainal, a Malaysian who had joined the Daesh terrorists in Syria last year.
The second raid, on Nov. 1 in Tenom, Sabah, resulted in the arrest of three Filipinos who worked as labourers, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun today.
They are members of the Abu Sayyaf involved in kidnapping for ransom in the southern Philippines and Sabah. One has skills to produce firearms.
On Nov. 8, two more Filipinos were arrested in Ranau, also in Sabah. One was a labourer and the other a technician.
One suspect had recruited children into the Abu Sayyaf and used them as human shields during battles with the Philippine military in Basilan, southern Philippines.
He was also involved in beheading captives of the group. The two were caught before their planned escape to the southern Philippines to evade arrest by Malaysia.
Fuzi said the fourth raid on Nov. 10 in Kinarut, Sabah, resulted in the arrest of a Filipino blacksmith who is an Abu Sayyaf commander and right-hand man of Furuji Indama, a senior leader of the group.
The fifth and final operation netted a Filipino night market trader in Tenom on Nov. 12. He had sheltered a suspect who attempted to escape the police. — Bernama