Malaysia foiled a plot by ISIS to kidnap the Prime Minister and some other government ministers.
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi informed that jihadists attempted to abduct him and two other Malaysian officials including the Prime Minister Najib Razak and the Defense Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, reported Independent. He further stated that the country’s anti-terrorism unit had not only successfully stopped the plot but also managed to prevent attempts of terrorist attacks in Kedah, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. Reportedly, the group had prepared and tested explosives.
The plans included stealing weapons from military camps, making bombs and explosives, stealing cash for funding attacks and kidnapping government ministers for ransom, as stated by The Indian Express.
Ahmad Zahid said, “On Jan 30, 2015, there were plans by 13 people linked to Daesh (Islamic State) to kidnap the country’s leaders including the prime minister, the home minister and the defence minister.”
Ahmad also confirmed that though there were no proper IS establishments in the country, some people in the country were being influenced. These people had been receiving orders from the ISIS network in Syria.
However, the Deputy Prime Minister took a defiant tone, reported CNN. He claimed that as an individual he was not terrified of the militant group and its intentions.
He stated, “I’m not scared, it’s not me as an individual, but the post (of defense minister) that I hold.”
He confirmed that increased security for officials bases would ensure that IS influence in the country would be limited.
Last week the Prime Minister vowed to fight extremism and terrorism in Southeast Asia, where authorities reported that ISIS is planning to collaborate with local terror groups. Addressing a business conference in Jeddah, the PM said that the two countries would work together in the fight against the terror group.
After the Jakarta attack, Malaysia has been on a high alert.
Notably, Malaysia’s Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz in his recent response to Australia’s terror threat warning for Kuala Lumpur replied that Malaysia is not the only country which has terror threat.