(World Watch Monitor) — A 21-year-old Malaysian man has been arrested on suspicion of planning to attack non-Muslims and their places of worship, having reportedly been ordered to do so from Islamic State militants in Syria.
The man, who was not named, “received instructions from a Malaysian Da’esh [IS] member in Syria to buy a pistol, a M-16 rifle, an AK-47 rifle and hand grenades from a neighbouring country, with the aim of launching attacks on non-Muslims and their places of worship”, according to a police spokesman, as reported by Channel News Asia.
The man had reportedly attempted three times to make a bomb, having received instructions from a Saudi bomb expert and Malaysian fugitive Mahmud Ahmad – who is part of the IS-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines.
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