Thursday, November 24, 2011
The Malaysian Government cannot confirm nor deny claims that the 13 people detained in Tawau, Sabah, East Malaysia, last week had planned to assasinate an elected representative, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
He confirmed that those detained were considered terrorists and investigations were ongoing.
Hishammuddin was responding to a report in The Star in its Wednesday 23rd November 2011 edition, that the 13 suspected Darul Islam terrorists were part of a group believed to have plotted to assassinate a local assemblyman.
Counter-terrorism sources said that they were also planning to hold a police officer hostage to secure the release of their comrades.
According to them, the group had attended guerilla warfare training in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and were also taught to make bombs.
Their group leader Abdullah Omar was arrested in Indonesia in July 2011.
“This group first surfaced in 2006 and wanted to murder an assemblyman but counter-terrorism officers thwarted its plans,” one source said.
Well to me, this is gruesome. Plot to kill an elected assemblyman in Sabah is unheard of in the past.
May God Bless Malaysia and may those militants remain in custody.
Source : The Star Online, 24 November 2011.