KUALA LUMPUR, March 3, 2015:

Three individuals including a civil servant suspected to be linked with the Islamic State (IS) were arrested by police between Feb 28 and March 2.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, in a statement today, said the operation launched by the police’s counter-terrorism division’s special branch led the arrest of two men and a woman.

The first suspect, a 29-year-old housewife from Johor, was believed to have had planned to join the terrorist group and was responsible for influencing a local woman in joining the group in Syria.

The second suspect, according to Khalid, was a 22-year-old businessman from Perak who was suspected of having provided funds to Malaysians interested in joining IS.

“The third suspect is a 39-year-old Perak civil servant. He was suspected to have assisted in registering a Facebook account to be used by several Malaysians and is a senior member of the terrorist group.”

The arrest of the trio brings the number of Malaysians arrested for links with IS to 77.

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