May 29, 2006

Malaysia captures 12 Islamist militants

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police have captured 12
Islamist militants, most of them from Indonesia, who are
suspected to have planned terrorist attacks in the region, the
Star newspaper said on Tuesday.

The dozen men belonged to Indonesia's Darul Islam movement
and were arrested recently after six months of police
surveillance in the Malaysian state of Sabah, on Borneo island,
the daily said. It did not say when the men had been picked up.

Police had seized firearms and documents from the men,
including bomb-making instructions downloaded form the
Internet, the paper said. The men, including at least two
Malaysians, had been traveling through Sabah when police nabbed
them, it added.

"However, it is not immediately known what the group's
targets were or when its plans would be executed," the Star

Police were investigating if Darul Islam had links with the
Abu Sayyaf militant Islamist group based in the southern
Philippines, which borders Sabah, and with the al Qaeda
movement of Osama bin Laden, the newspaper said.

Darul Islam, which wants to establish an Islamic state in
Indonesia, is seen by security experts as the well-spring of
militant splinter groups like Jemaah Islamiah, which is
suspected to have carried out a series of deadly bombings in