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Saturday, June 24, 2017

IS wants Malaysia’s anti-terror chief ‘terminated’?

PETALING JAYA - The head of Malaysia’s counter-terrorism activities has become a prime target for Islamic State (IS) militants.

Referring to a message shared on social media, police sources told The Star that IS militants from Indonesia are urging their counterparts in Malaysia to eliminate the main threat to its operations, namely Bukit Aman’s Counter-Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

The message – “Di Malaysia negara yang udah dibawah Khilafah ada satu nama polis AYOB KHAN … dia kerja dengan pemerintah thogut … dia juga orang yang tangkap askar khilafah di Malaysia … semua ikhwan khilafah yang ada di Malaysia bangun sekarang dan habiskan AYOB KHAN orang yang mau lawan dengan KHALIFAH ABU BAKAR AL BAGHDADI”.

(In Malaysia, which is now under the Caliphate, there is a police officer by the name of AYOB KHAN … he works for the infidel government. He is also responsible for the arrests of caliphate soldiers in Malaysia. Forces of the Caliphate, rise up and terminate AYOB KHAN who dares to challenge Caliph Abu Bakar al Baghdadi.)

The police recognise the seriousness of such a threat, calling it highly dangerous, especially as it has been made against a senior member of the Malaysian police force.

“It is definitely very serious as Indonesian IS militants are very committed and have a wide network in the region and globally.

“Their ties to militants in Malaysia are also quite close and the Indonesian militants have expertise in making electronic devices,” The Star quoted its police source as saying.

Meanwhile, Ayob is not downplaying the seriousness of the threat admitting that its the first time such a call has been made across the region for his head.

“I have received many death threats over the years but this is the first time Indonesian militants have issued a clarion call to fellow militants in Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries to have me killed,” he told the daily.

He added that police action in nabbing Indonesian IS militants on Malaysian soil, in Slim River (Perak) and Sandakan (Sabah) recently point to their infiltration to possibly carry out such threats.

“The chances of a collaboration between Malaysian and Indonesian militants to have me killed are high given their close relations.

“In Syria, Malaysian and Indonesian militants formed a squad called Khatibah Nusantara operating in Raqqa.

“Furthermore, there is a rise of militants in Syria returning to South-East Asia given the onslaught on the IS strongholds in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria,” he was quoted as saying.

Speaking about the Indonesian detained in Slim River on June 13, Ayob said the man was an administrator for a Telegram mobile messaging group that reaches out to about 200 militants from Southeast Asia, as well as Saudi Arabia, Syria, Oman and some European countries.

“The suspect had even called Prime Minister Najib Razak as a leader who did not practise Islamic laws, besides referring to the police and army as lapdogs of a secular government,” he said, according to Star.

Aside from himself and the police, Ayob said IS militants have also issued threats to attack Genting Highlands. - FMT

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