KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20, 2016:

There was a state of panic when a man claimed he was a member of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and supposedly carrying explosives this evening.

He was arrested in front of the Defence Ministry (Mindef) headquarters.

Wangsa Maju district police chief Superintendent Mohamad Roy Suhaimi Sarif said in the 8.50pm incident, the suspect claimed he was a member of the militant group and had come to meet “important people” in the ministry.

“The suspect had taken a taxi there.

“He was detained by police for claiming himself to be an IS member and carrying a bomb.

“However, after checks, it was noted that the suspect appeared to be mentally ill.

“He told officers that he had received a royal commandment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to meet with important people in Mindef to discuss the problems occurring in the country,” said Mohamad Roy in a statement today.

During the arrest, police confiscated anti-depressant medication, vitamin tablets, a mobile power bank, prayer beads and a sling bag believed to belong to the suspect.

There was no indication of explosives or any dangerous objects found inside the vehicle or on the suspect.

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