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Malaysia Detains Three Daesh Suspects Planning Attacks on Independence Day

© AP Photo / Joshua PaulMalaysian Police stands guard at the Malaysia-Thailand border.
Malaysian Police stands guard at the Malaysia-Thailand border. - Sputnik International
Malaysian counterterrorism units have detained three suspects of planning terror attacks, local media reported Wednesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Malaysian counterterrorism units have detained three alleged militants of the Daesh terrorist group suspected of planning terror attacks across the country on the eve of the country's independence day celebration, local media reported Wednesday.

The suspects, detained in an operation on August 27-29, had been planning to carry out attacks against police stations, a Hindu temple as well as against other venues across the country ahead of Malaysia's National Day, celebrated on Wednesday, the Star newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, police reported that the suspects had been receiving instructions and orders from Malaysian terrorist Mohamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi affiliated with Daesh.

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The news outlet added citing a police spokesman that the alleged jihadists wanted to head for Syria after conducting the attacks.

The Daesh is a terrorist group, which is outlawed in many other counties, including Russia. The militants currently control large areas of Syria and Iraq, and spreading their influence to other countries. The group is notorious for its brutality and many human rights violations, as well as for recruiting militants, commonly young people, from all over the world via social networks.

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