IS to Attack in ASEAN Summit, Hikes security


Kuala Lumpur: A leaked Malaysian police report alleges there could be at least ten Islamic State suicide bombers in Kuala Lumpur, where leaders from 18 countries, including the US, Russia, Japan and China, are set to gather this weekend for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

Malaysia’s police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, have responded in a statement to the disclosure of an internal police circular that warned of the possible presence of suicide bombers in Kuala Lumpur and Borneo.

Khalid has confirmed a leaked police circular on a meeting between members of Abu Sayyaf, a Philippines-based terrorist group, and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The circular allegedly reports that IS have dispatched suicide bombers to Sabah (one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s capital and most populous city).

The circular, dated November 16, reportedly originated from intelligence gathered from a meeting held between IS, Abu Sayyaf and the Moro National Liberation Front.

It also reportedly stated that leaders of the terrorist groups have decided to recruit more new members, and to dispatch some of their followers to Sabah and Kuala Lumpur.

The note reportedly alleged that Abu Sayyaf and Islamic State already have eight suicide bombers in Sabah and 10 in Kuala Lumpur.

The latest attacks by Islamic State militants in France, Egypt, Lebanon and the Philippines have also prompted Malasya to beef up security. “Security checks at all entry and exit points to Malaysia have been stepped up,” Khalid said.

At least 2,000 army personnel were being positioned at strategic points in Kuala Lumpur and another 2,500 were on standby, Malaysian Armed Forces chief Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said, according to Reuters.

ISIS has recently claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated attacks in Paris that killed at least 130 people on November 13 and have been called the worst in French history.