Malaysian police capture Abu Sayyaf-linked militant

June 14, 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Police Friday (June 13th) captured three men allegedly involved in militant activities, including a senior leader trained by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, AFP reported. Police Deputy Inspector General Bakri Zinin said the three, all Malaysian citizens, were arrested during an anti-terror raid in Sandakan, Sabah.

"There is an element of terrorism involved," Bakri said.

He added that the suspected senior militant received armed training at a camp run by Abu Sayyaf since April 22nd, and the two other detainees were a navy staff member and another man who helped the militant leader re-enter Malaysia on June 11th.

The arrests were linked to an earlier case in April, when police arrested 11 people suspected to be involved in Islamic militant activities, said Bakri.

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