The Islamic State are gaining strength, if you still didn’t know – and I am talking in the context of Malaysia.
A propaganda video released by IS on June 21, 2016 called on nations to fight governments they have labelled as “Toghut” (sinners/those against the teachings of Allah). It featured the first known Malaysian IS fighter, i.e. Mohd Rafi Udin in Syria, along two IS combatants, decapitating three captives.
A screenshot of the said video. The three IS fighters with the Malaysian on the right. Image credit: http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/153883/police-brace-attacks-gains-strength
Bukit Aman’s Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay – in a New Straits Times report dated June 23 – said his unit had already crippled nine planned attacks by IS supporters. Three of them were at the “stage two” planning level, where they were ready to execute their plans.
And the IS fan base is growing. In fact, almost 20% of university students in Malaysia are known to be sympathetic towards the IS.
This scary statistic was obtained from a University Utara Malaysia research done on local students in four public universities, according to the varsity’s vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak in a report carried by Utusan Malaysia today.
The four universities are Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and UUM.
Let’s hope the police are really on top of the situation – before we witness any bloodletting.
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