The countries of Southeast Asia fighting the influence of the Islamic State (IS) group have hailed the killing of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. At the same time, their security forces are preparing for a long fight against the Jihadi group’s ideology. The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia – home to some of the most organised…

Dozens of Shia Muslims have been arrested in police raids since last week during the ten-day mourning period commemorating Ashura, raising fears of persecution of this minority. The majority Islam in Malaysia is Sunni and Shia have long been discriminated against. Eight men were arrested on Monday by police and religious authorities in the southern…

Malaysia has detained four foreigners, including two ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, on suspicion of being involved in militant groups, police said on Tuesday. Malaysia is home to tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who have for years arrived in the Southeast Asian nation from Myanmar or Bangladesh seeking asylum. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled…

Malaysian police have arrested a number of people identified as linked to the Islamic State (Daech). Investigators discovered that the alleged terrorists were linked to the Indonesian jihadist network Jamaat Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and had learned how to assemble bombs in Yogyakarta. Malaysian police chief Abdul Hamid Bador said they were part of a cell…

Four men have been arrested by Malaysian police for plotting assassinations and big-scale terror attacks in the Klang Valley. Inspector General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the four have admitted to being an Islamic State “wolf pack” and were preparing to strike in the first week of Ramadan to avenge the death of fireman…

Malaysia has expelled six Egyptians and one Tunisian suspected of having links with Islamic terrorist groups abroad. The Tunisian and one Egyptian are part of Ansar al-Sharia al-Tunisia, which has been registered by the UN as a terrorist organisation. Mohamad Fuzi Harun, inspector-general of the Malaysian police, announces this in a statement today. Both men,…

The Malaysian Police Counter-Terrorism Unit has arrested five suspected terrorists, including a Middle Eastern man who threatened to assassinate a foreign diplomat in Kuala Lumpur. This was announced today by the Malaysian Police Inspector General, Mohd Fuzi Harun. The arrested include two Malaysian citizens, an Egyptian, a Pakistani and a “Middle Eastern”, who according to…

The Malaysian police arrested 20 Islamist militants, including one of the leaders of an Indonesian extremist group and other men suspected of wanting to fight in the southern Philippines, a region torn apart by violence, the authorities said Friday 22 December 2017. These are the latest arrests of extremist suspects in this Muslim-majority country, while…