Malaysia detains 3 suspected militants, foils attacks

Malaysia's Special Task Force police personnel demonstrate subduing a terrorist scenario during the 59th National Day celebrations at the Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

Malaysian police said Wednesday they had foiled possible attacks on the eve of the country's Independence Day with the detention of three suspected Islamic State members

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian police said Wednesday they had foiled possible attacks on the eve of the country's Independence Day with the detention of three suspected Islamic State members.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the three men had planned to attack entertainment centers in Kuala Lumpur, a Hindu temple that is also a popular tourist destination and police stations with grenades or firearms on Tuesday.

Malaysia marked its 59th National Day on Wednesday with a grand parade in the city.

Khalid said the men, detained in a three-day operation from Saturday, had received orders to launch attacks from Muhammad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi, a Malaysian fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria. Police also seized a grenade and a handgun with 24 bullets from one of the suspects.

Khalid said the trio — a truck driver, a butcher and a drink seller — had planned to fly to Syria to join the Islamic State group following the attacks.

Police had earlier said that Muhammad Wanndy was believed to have ordered a grenade attack in June on a bar outside Kuala Lumpur, marking the militants' first attack in the country.

Muslim-majority Malaysia has detained 200 suspected militants over the last three years, and police raised the security alert level earlier this year following attacks abroad.

More Travel News

Portions of Yellowstone River, some tributaries re-opened

Sep 1, 2016

Montana has re-opened portions of the Yellowstone River, but it is keeping a popular stretch closed due to a fish-killing parasite

Tommy Hilfiger puts on a really big show; Thakoon returns

Sep 10, 2016

Tommy Hilfiger teamed up with supermodel Gigi Hadid for his latest collection, and then staged a huge carnival on a Manhattan pier to display it, complete with fairground rides, arcade games and cotton candy

Taiwan tourism workers call for help as Chinese numbers fall

Sep 12, 2016

Hundreds of Taiwanese workers in tourism-related businesses have rallied in the capital to draw attention to a sharp decline in Chinese visitors that is putting their industry under heavy strain

To travel is to live. Unearth your next travel destination here with The Travel Trooper. We love what we do and looking forward to more #travelsquad joining us in this journey.

Contact us: sales@thetraveltrooper.com