KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – As many as 15 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants killed recently in Syria were Malaysian nationals, local media reported.
"We have confirmed the identity of some of them as Malaysians and we are in the process of identifying the others," Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Wednesday (June 25th), the New Straits Times reported.
The Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations had announced the deaths of 15 Malaysian jihadists during a June 18th press conference.
Khalid said police were stepping up efforts to find more ISIS members in Malaysia. He added police are monitoring social media-- the group's primary recruitment tool.
"As a peace-loving country that practices moderation, Malaysia abhors and does not condone any acts of terrorism or extremism by any parties, including its own nationals," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, according to Malay Mail Online.