SINTOK — September 27, 2016: A total of of 40 students, including from schools, have been detained for involvement in militant groups since 2001.
They comprised 16 with Jemaah Islamiah, 15 with Daesh and nine with Al-Qaeda.
Of those with Jemaah Islamiah, 14 were public university (IPTA) students in Pakistan, one with a private university (IPTS) and another with a secondary school.
The nine involved in Al-Qaeda comprised eight IPTA students and another in Madinah while among those with Daesh were four were IPTSs and three from IPTAs.
The statistics were given by the federal police Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division Principal Assistant
Director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay after a dialogue at Universiti Utara Malaysia here today.
Police is now tracking down five more students involved Daesh who are now outside the country.
Additionally, 24 Malaysians were killed in Syria between 2013 and last month, following all-out operations to combat Daesh in that country. — Bernama