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10 arrested in Malaysian anti-terror raid targeted places of worship

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Kuala Lumpur, June 17(ANI): Malaysian Police have said that the nine foreigners and a local, who were arrested in an anti-terror raid early this year, had planned to blow up two places of worship in Penang and Selangor.The group, led by Islamic scholar Aiman Al Dakak, a 45-year-old Syrian, were detained under the Internal Security Act.They were held when the police got wind of their plans and raided their hideout in Sungai Chincin and Gombak, on January 22.The others in this group included three other Syrians, two Yemenis, two Nigerians, a Jordanian and a Malaysian.The nine foreigners were deported to their home countries in April, where they have been detained.According to the New Straits Times, Aiman was linked to Al-Qaeda and was on a mission to recruit members for the international terror group and Jemaah Islamiah.Most of the nine foreigners were students of various universities, and had entered the country using student visas. Among the courses they registered for were English, Syariah Law, engineering and mass communications.Aiman is said to be the oldest in the group, while the youngest is said to be 20 years old. (ANI)

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