(File pix) Federal police's Counter-Terrorism Division assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay. Pix by Rasul Azli Samad

KOTA BARU: Police today disclosed that the 23 Islamic State (IS) militants from Kelantan who were detained, received training including in making bombs from several countries.

Federal police's Counter-Terrorism Division assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the militants, including two women, received training from militants in Thailand, Indonesia and other neighbouring countries.

He said they were detained in a series of operations throughout the country since 2013.

"Apart from networking with local IS members, our investigations have also revealed that the Kelantan IS militants have good contacts in other countries especially Thailand.

"This was based on investigations against the 23 who were detained the last three years. Some of them learned how to make bombs while the rest learnt how to handle weapons," he told NST.

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