Rohingyas detained in Malaysia for militant links

World | 9 Jul 2019 8:02 pm

Malaysia has detained four foreigners, including two ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, on suspicion of being involved in militant groups, police said, Reuters reports. 
Malaysia is home to tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims,  refugees who fled western Myanmar.
Both of the Rohingya suspects were detained for providing  support to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the insurgent group said to be behind the 2017 attacks, Malaysia's Inspector General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said in a statement. 
One of the suspects, a 41-year-old construction worker, had also issued a death threat against Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a video uploaded on social media, Abdul Hamid said. 
Other suspects detained included a 54-year-old Philippine national with alleged ties to Abu Sayyaf, a militant organization aligned with the Islamic State. 
The man is also suspected of being involved in kidnapping  activities in the waters of Sabah state, south of the Philippines, Abdul Hamid said. 
The fourth suspect was a 24-year-old Indian national who had allegedly acted as a facilitator to a senior member of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), a Sikh separatist group. 
The suspect, a lift maintenance worker, is accused of transferring 7,600 ringgit (US$1,835) to fund BKI's activities in Southeast Asia, Abdul Hamid said. 


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