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MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Malaysia Islamic state "recruiters" arrested: They include Internet experts and politicians
In the group of 14 people arrested earlier this week there is a close associate of the Minister for Energy and an expert in social networking, active in the recruitment of fighters online. Since April 37 suspects arrested, at least 30 have left the country to fight in Syria, 15 victims on the ground.
Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews / Agencies) - There are the leading figures of
the jihad in Malaysia and active
members in the recruitment of fighters
for the war in the Middle East,
among those arrested earlier this week. This is according to
authorities in Kuala Lumpur,
pointing out that the list of those
arrested include a close associate of a government minister, a former veteran of the Syrian
conflict and an expert on Facebook
and social networks where he targeted students. Added
to these are a boy of only 14, a
student in high school and an entire
family of five.
The group of 14 people arrested earlier this week include personalities active
in the recruitment campaign for the militias of the
Islamic State (IS). Police
sources explain that they were organizing the movement in Syria and used the internet to attract new (and increasingly younger) supporters. In particular,
three of them played a very personal
and individual role
to promote, organize and finance trips to Syria.
Other members of the group include a close associate of the Malaysian Minister
of Energy, Green Technology and Water, whose task was
to finance the trips in Syria. He was linked to three Filipino fighters in the Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf, who are on the countries most wanted list. He is joined in prison by a 34 year old former jihad fighter in Syria
and a 37 year-old
Internet expert, in charge of propaganda.
reported, fundamentalist movements and
local Muslim leaders been inspired by the exploits of the Sunni fighters and
intend to support the struggle for the
establishment of the Islamic Caliphate, which
has now been extended also to Asia. Extremist cells and members active in
recruitment are present as much in Indonesia, as in neighboring Malaysia; its
members are already operating in the area in preparation for attacks and targeted
attacks against pubs, discos and bars "dreaming of the Islamic
Since last April 37 suspects have been arrested, at least 30 citizens have left the country for Syria
and about 15 have lost their lives
in the ranks of the terrorist group.
Malaysia is a nation of over 28 million inhabitants, mostly Sunni
Muslims (60%). In general a moderate view of Islam prevails and there
have been no serious incidents of violence in recent years. However, there have
been minor attacks on and violations of the religious freedom of the
minorities, as seen recently following the controversy over the use of the word
the Catholic weekly Malaysia Herald. Therefore concerns are growing about a
possible escalation of tension in an area considered to be "fertile
ground" for militant jihadist movement.
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