Malaysian authorities arrested 11 Islamic terrorists in Kuala Lumpur and Kedah state this week.
The group includes students, a young widow and business professionals. They have links to terror groups Jemaah Islamiyah and Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia as well as ties to foreign terror cells.
Members of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror group.
Eleven suspected al-Qaeda terrorists were last night being interrogated about the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The group, aged 22 to 55, were arrested in the capital Kuala Lumpur and in the state of Kedah last week. They are thought to be members of a new terror organisation said to be planning a “sustained campaign” of attacks.
According to reports, the interrogations come after international investigators – including the FBI and MI6 – asked for the militants to be questioned about the flight.
An unnamed officer from the counter-terrorism division of Malaysia Special Branch said: “The possibility that the plane was diverted by militants is still high on the list. International investigators have asked for a comprehensive report on this new terror group.”
He added that some of the suspects, who include students, a young widow and business professionals, had admitted to planning terror attacks in Malaysia.
They are thought to have links to Malaysian terror outfits Jemaah Islamiyah and Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia as well as ties to foreign terror cells.
Police believe 11 arrested militants were beginning to build a new terrorist network to send fighters to Syria.
After two months there is still no trace of missing flight MH370.
A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, 8th March 2014. The plane was carrying a total number of 227 passengers including two infants and twelve crew members.