Malaysian authorities say 15 people suspected of planning attacks on the country have been arrested.
All are suspected of links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group said the national police chief.
The 15, including one police officer, were arrested over three days
in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and six other states, said Khalid Abu
One hundred and seventy-seven suspected militants have been detained in Malaysia in the past three years.
The authorities said the suspects were trying to obtain chemicals to
make bombs and were planning to launch attacks. They were aged between
22 to 49 and included four women who were planning to travel to Syria to
join IS, they said.
The police chief said the group also arranged for two foreign terror
suspects to sneak out of Malaysia, and had channelled money to militants
in the southern Philippines.
Malaysia is on a particularly high terror alert since the capital of neighbouring Jakarta was
attacked by militants in January.
On 15 January, Malaysian police said they had arrested a man they
claimed was hours from carrying out a suicide attack in Kuala Lumpur.