Published On: Wed, Aug 9th, 2017
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Pakistanis among 400 held in SEA Games clean-up in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur: The pre-SEA Games clean-up in Malaysia over the weekend led to the busting of a passport-forging syndicate and the arrest of more than 400 foreigners including Pakistanis.

The counter-terrorism officers worked alongside officers from other units like the Special Action Unit, General Operations Force’s Tiger Platoon and the Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department.

Malaysian security forces arrested over 400 suspected people in a series of raids in the capital Kuala Lumpur. Those held in a series of raids in the capital Kuala Lumpur were mainly from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Machines to make fake passports and to forge Malaysian immigration documents were among the items seized.

The Counter Terrorism Division head, Deputy Commissioner Ayob Khan, said the operation was part of preparations for the South-east Asia (SEA) Games, which start on Aug 19.However, yesterday’s raids saw police break down doors and lead scores of people away in handcuffs to waiting buses. They were taken to police stations for investigation and screening. Authorities said they were targeting anyone with missing or fraudulent travel documents or who was believed to be affiliated with terror groups in Syria and Iraq.

The police counter-terror official Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said, “We will detect and take action against foreigners suspected of having links with terrorists, especially those involved in activities in Syria.” “Officers were also equipped with devices to detect radioactive materials, Ayob Khan added, although no such items were found.”

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