Cops foil terror plot with arrest of six, hunt on for four more

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KUALA LUMPUR — Police foiled a terror campaign with the arrest of six suspected terrorists and are on the lookout for four accomplices who are on the run.

They believe the gang of 10 were planning to launch attacks on non-Muslim places of worship nationwide.

Describing them as dangerous, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the terrorists had also planned to kidnap and murder police personnel.

A nationwide manhunt for the four men, including a Thai national, linked to Islamic State (IS) militant group is under way.

“We urge the public to alert the police should they come across or know the whereabouts of those sought who are capable of launching attacks that threaten national security,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The crackdown on the terror cell in Johor commenced late in February and by March 1, six suspects were in the dragnet of the Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Unit.

The statement identified the four wanted men.

The first and second suspect, both from Tumpat, Kelantan, are 29-year-old Muhamad Faizal Muhamad Hanafi and his father Muhamad
Hanafi Yah 51.

The third suspect is Nor Farkhan Mohd Isa, 31, from Skudai, Johor, and the fourth suspect is 37-year-old Awae Wae-Eya from Narathiwat, Thailand.

Mohamad Fuzi warned that any individual who harboured information of the suspects’ whereabouts was liable to be punished with imprisonment of between seven and 30 years.

Anyone knowing their whereabouts should contact Inspector Mohd Badri Othman from the Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Department at 017-6727120, Bukit Aman or any nearby police stations to assist in investigations.