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    Jul 05, 2016

    ISIS behind Puchong grenade attack: Police


    MALAYSIAN police said yesterday the hand grenade attack last week on the Movida cafe in Selangor's Puchong town was linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, pulling back its earlier statement that the incident was not terror-related.

    Two Malaysian men have been arrested in connection with the incident while another two suspects from Johor are on the run, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters.

    Eight people were injured when a hand grenade was thrown at the cafe last Tuesday, in an assault police initially described as related to a business rivalry or motivated by revenge.

    However, a Facebook user, linked to ISIS militant Muhamad Wanndy, had claimed in a post that the group was responsible for the attack.

    "We found that the two (arrested men) had received instructions from one of our citizens in Syria, Muhamad Wanndy Muhamad Jedi, who told them to launch attacks in Malaysia," the Malaysiakini news website quoted the IGP as saying yesterday.

    Entertainment centres are being targeted for being "un-Islamic", he added.

    Thirteen other male Malaysians, including two "low-level policemen", have also been arrested over suspicions of terrorism-related activities unrelated to the Movida incident.

    The arrests were made between last Tuesday and Friday in Kedah, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Penang.

    All 15 of them - aged between 19 and 52 - are being held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.

    One of the policemen is believed to have been plotting robberies to raise funds for ISIS cells in Kuala Lumpur and the other is suspected to have been harbouring a senior ISIS militant.

    The rest were self-employed or worked in factories.

    The police are monitoring several other ISIS cells operating in Malaysia, said the IGP.

    According to Malaysia's opposition camp, the government has always shrouded its anti-terror fight in secrecy, making it difficult to gauge the actual threat level, Reuters reported.

    Four suspected militants were arrested in January, and 17 people were nabbed in April last year on suspicion of plotting terror attacks in Kuala Lumpur.