KUALA LUMPUR – The latest terrorist attacks in several districts in southern Thailand, Jakarta in Indonesia and clashes in Mindanao, the Philippines are related to the killing of Malaysian militant Mohammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi in Syria last March.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this was the finding of an intelligence agency which also found the existence of the ”Katibah Nusantara” network of the Islamic State.
“What happened in southern Thailand, Jakarta and Mindanao was that the intelligence agency found a link to the killing of Wanndy, who was previously a Katibah Nusantara coordinator.
“We in Malaysia should not feel comfortable with this situation,” he told journalists here.
Thus, he said, the police via the anti-terrorism unit had always boosted its level of preparedness to prevent terrorist acts at its highest level, especially with Malaysia hosting the SEA Games and Asean Para Games in August and September.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, also the Home Minister, urged people to place their full confidence in the police and other enforcement agencies on this issue.
He said such incidents, as well as the bombing in Manchester, could happen in the country if the people became arrogant in this matter.
“Bombings can occur at any time, anywhere in the world and Malaysia is not excluded, and (possibly) will experience such an incident if the people are not careful and only leave it to the enforcement agencies,” he said.
He added that cooperation between the enforcement agencies and foreign agencies such as Aseanapol was being boosted to track down and monitor the movements of terrorists.
Thailand had experienced several series of bombings with the latest incident at the Bangkok Hospital last Monday which injured 20 people while East Jakarta was shaken by a bomb attack on Wednesday.
Last Tuesday, the Philippine government enforced martial law following bloody clashes between government forces and IS-linked militants in Marawi.