Manhunt for four with IS links, said to be planning attacks on houses of worship and police

The four men are said to be planning attacks on non-Muslim houses of worship as well as the police force. — Reuters pic
The four men are said to be planning attacks on non-Muslim houses of worship as well as the police force. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — Federal police have launched a manhunt for four men, including a Thai national, with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group, who are said to be planning attacks on non-Muslim houses of worship as well as the police force.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun in a statement today revealed the identity of the four suspects.

“They are considered dangerous as they plan to kidnap and murder police personnel.

“We urge the public to immediately alert the police as to their whereabouts as they are capable of launching attacks that threaten national security,” he said.

He added that the suspects were part of a 10-man terror cell network whose other members were arrested by the Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Unit in Johor between February 27 and March 1 this year.

The first and second suspect, both from Tumpat, Kelantan, have been identified as 29-year-old Muhamad Faizal Muhamad Hanafi and 51-year-old Muhamad Hanafi Yah.

The third suspect is Nor Farkhan Mohd Isa, 31, from Skudai, Johor, while the fourth suspect has been named as 37-year-old Awae Wae-Eya from Narathiwat, Thailand.

Mohamad Fuzi also warned that anyone with knowledge of the suspects’ whereabouts was punishable by imprisonment of between seven and 30 years.

Those with information on the four men are urged to contact the investigating officer, Inspector Mohd Badri Othman of the Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Department, at 017-6727120, Bukit Aman or the nearest police station.

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