Malaysia: Police Link IS Bomb Expert in Syria to New Arrestee


December 22, 2016

A Syria-based Malaysian bomb-maker has been sharing his knowledge in explosives with Islamic State recruits for more than two years and has instructed militants to carry out attacks in his home country, Malaysia’s top anti-terror cop alleged in an interview.

IS member Muhamad Nasrullah Abd Latif (also known as Abu Gomes) has been recruiting his countrymen to join the extremist group in the Middle East and has been teaching recruits to build bombs since he left Malaysia, police counter-terrorist special branch chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay told The Star newspaper in a report published Thursday.

Ayob’s comments followed the announcement by police on Tuesday of the arrests in Malaysia of seven men with alleged links to IS and other militant organizations, who were taken into custody in raids in different states between Nov. 3 and Dec. 16.

 

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