Two Malaysians, who were deported by Turkish immigration authorities, have been arrested for allegedly joining the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
The duo were nabbed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by the Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division today.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspects were caught while trying to sneak into Syria after being deported.
The first suspect, a 29-year-old Johorean, is a factory technician while the second suspect is assistant welder from Sarawak.
“Both of them were believed to have been recruited by Muhammad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi,” he said in a statement.
Wanndy is a Malaysian who had joined the IS in Syria and actively recruits new IS members in Malaysia.
He was also responsible for coordinating plans to sneak in the two suspects to Syria as well as funding their flights.
“On Oct 23, the two suspects departed from Butterworth and went to Bangkok by train before boarding a plane to Istanbul via Abu Dhabi.
“Both suspects were caught by the Turkish authorities on Oct 28 as they landed in Istanbul and were deported to Malaysia the next day,” said Khalid.
Both suspects were arrested for offences related to terrorism under the Penal Code (Act 574) and will be investigated under the Security Offences Act (Special Measures) (SOSMA) 2012.