Malaysian police have detained four men who they said were planning to attack temples and churches, and kill high-profile individuals to retaliate the death of a Malay-Muslim fireman who acceded to injuries sustained at the car park of a Hindu temple last November.
Malaysia’s national police principal Abdul Hamid Bador said the men – two ethnic Rohingya, an Indonesian, and a Malaysian – were detained in a series of operations between May 5 and May 7 in three different places.
“One of the group’s main aims was to retaliate the death of fireman Adib and they were planning to kill high-profile individuals,” the new Inspector-General of Police told reporters.
The police’s Counter Terrorism Division detained six makeshift explosive devices (IED) in one of the swoops, believed to be used on the day of attacks at entertainment outlets and houses of worships in the Klang Valley during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The Muslim-majority nation faces threats from self-radicalized ISIS sympathizers at home and regional militant groups looking for funding and refuge in South-east Asia.