'Malaysians arrested in Lebanon could have received training'

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Armed Forces Commander, Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin does not discount the possibility that a number of Malaysians recruited by the Al-Qaeda terrorist movement could have been trained in a neighbouring country.

One of the basis for this possibility was the fact that several militant groups operating in the neighbouring country had links to the Al-Qaeda, he explained.    

"We cannot discount the matter, maybe they were trained there before joining the militant group or maybe even here in our country. We need to investigate, it's too early to conclude," he told Bernama when contacted here today.  

He was commenting on Bernama's report on the arrest of two Malaysians aged 21 and 28 in Lebanon, believed to be suicide bombers and suspected of being linked to the Al-Qaeda.   

The Armed Forces will enhance its cooperation with the police to monitor such activities and movements in Malaysia to face any possible threats to the nation's stability, he said.  

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Bernama that the police were waiting for full reports from the Lebanese authorities and Malaysian Embassy there to ascertain the actual reason for the two men's arrests.     

"We're waiting for a full report from the Lebanese authorities to enable us to investigate and monitor militant movements involving Malaysian citizens," he said.

According to Bukit Aman's Special Task Force (Operations and Counter Terrorism), an Interpol source said that the two men were believed to have been trained by another Malaysian, Mustapha Mansour, in 2007, for recruitment into Al-Qaeda.  -- BERNAMA


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