KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s top counter-terrorism official said that Myanmar faces a growing danger of attacks by foreign supporters of Islamic State (IS) recruited from Southeast Asian networks in support of persecuted Muslim Rohingyas, Malay Mail Online reports.
In an interview, Malaysian police counter-terrorism division chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said Malaysian authorities have detained a suspected IS follower planning to head to Myanmar to carry out attacks.
The suspect, an Indonesian citizen, was detained in Malaysia last month and was scheduled to be charged on Wednesday for possession of materials linked to terrorist groups, which carries a seven-year jail term or fine, Ayob Khan said.
However, the identity of the suspect has not known yet but he was planning to perform jihad in Myanmar, fighting against the Myanmar government for this Rohingya group in Rakhine State.
More militants are likely to try to follow his lead in support of the Rohingya cause, Ayob Khan said.
Meanwhile, Myanmar government, in a report, has claimed that they did not found any evidence of an IS presence in October’s violence in Rakhine state.
On October 9, 2016, nine police official were killed in an attack on police post in Rakhine state which lead a Myanmar army sweep in the north of Rakhine State, on its border with Bangladesh.
The army sweep resulted fleeing of about 34,000 members of the Rohingya minority into Bangladesh, the United Nations says.
Residents and rights groups accuse security forces in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar of summary executions and rape in the army operation. The government of Aung San Suu Kyi denies the accusations of abuse.