Bangladeshis among 400 held in Malaysia

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 08 Aug 2017, 14:19:43 | Updated : 08 Aug 2017, 14:23:40
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Malaysian police detains Bangladeshi citizens in counter-terrorism crackdown

FE Online Desk
Over 400 people including some Bangladeshi citizens have been detained in a counter-terrorism crackdown in Malaysia, according to a BBC report.

A series of raids was held in the capital Kuala Lampur on Monday ahead of the Southeast Asian games which is scheduled to begin from the next week.

Police entered some houses breaking down the doors and took scores of people away in handcuffs. They were taken to police station for investigation.

The detainees, held during the raid, were mainly citizens of Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, said the report citing Malaysian officials.

Malaysian police also seized machines used for making counterfeit passports along with some fake passports and visas from the arrestees.

But the precise number of Bangldeshi detainees was not mentioned in the report.

Security in the Kuala Lampur city has been beefed up ahead of South Asian Games and anyone with missing or fraudulent travel information is being detained as suspect by the authority, the report added.

“We will detect and take action against foreigners suspected of having links with terrorism, especially those involved in activities in Syria," police counter-terror official Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, said, quoted by Free Malaysia Today.

Police also informed that the officers involved in the operation are equipped with devices to detect radioactive materials.
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