KUALA LUMPUR: The suspected IS lone wolf arrested by police yesterday was planning attacks on several popular entertainment outlets in the city.
The 28-year old man was arrested at the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) in Setiawangsa here at about 10pm by a team of policemen carrying out special operations in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
A source said the man, who was a former insurance agent, was carrying a knife. Police also seized several IS related documents in his possession.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar revealed that during initial interrogation of the suspect, he admitted to planning the lone-wolf attack after receiving instructions from IS members in Syria.
"The man has admitted that he was responsible for hanging IS flags at several locations in Terengganu, Perak, Selangor and Johor.
"The flags were put up as a warning to the Government to halt operations to arrest IS elements found in the country," he said in a press statement today.
Khalid revealed that another three Malaysians aged between 23 and 28, also suspected to have joined the IS group had also been detained in Gaziantep, Turkey on Nov 15 by the Turkish authorities.
Khalid said the trio, which included a husband and a wife were detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) upon their arrival on Monday, after their extradition process had been completed.
"All of them were recruited by Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi @ Abu Hamzah, a Malaysian-national who joined the IS group in Syria and is responsible for 'smuggling in' the trio to Syria," he added.
Earlier, Khalid announced the arrest on Twitter, congratulating the police unit handling the operation.
“Congratulations E8 CK (Special Branch) @PDRMsia for the arrest of a man suspected of links to IS elements at LRT Jelatek. Weapon and IS document seized,” he said.