Planned IS strike on embassies in Kuala Lumpur foiled

Malayisan federal police have thwarted a planned attack by Islamic State militants against the Qatar and Saudi Arabia embassies in Kuala Lumpur. Bukit Aman Special Branch and Counter Terrorism unit arrested two Iraqi nationals, aged 39 and 42, in Jalan Ampang on Thursday. The department’s director SAC Datuk Ayub Khan said the suspects were arrested before they could execute the attack. Ayub said the 39-year-old suspect had entered the country legally in mid February while his accomplice had been in the country close to a year.

This is a major success for us. Our investigations are now focused on finding out if there are remaining militants in the country linked to the two suspects we have arrested.

department’s director SAC Datuk Ayub Khan

Ayub said police started tracking down the militants after they received reports from the two embassies that received threats. The threats to members of the Middle Eastern diplomats in the country were given to a special officer working in the Qatar embassy in Jalan Ampang two weeks ago. The death threats were from unknown sources but believed to be from IS militants from Iraq. Ayub said this was the second second time the Saudi Arabian embassy had received such threats.

We started tracking down the militants since March 10 and they were constantly moving from one place to another. While police were following their trails we found out that that they have stayed in several places in Selangor and Johor.

Datuk Ayub Khan