A British citizen was among five suspects arrested in Malaysia on suspicion of being involved with terrorist groups, the national police chief disclosed on Sunday.
Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said the British suspect was arrested in central Kuala Lumpur last month, and has since been deported.
“He has links with al-Qaida,” Khalid Abu Bakar said. “He fought in Afghanistan and Bosnia.”
The police chief said the suspect was a part-time teacher in the northern state of Penang. He did not say when or why the man first arrived in Malaysia.
The other four suspects arrested in a sweep over the past two weeks were from Nigeria, Bangladesh. Indonesia and Malaysia. The four are believed to have ties with Islamic State terrorists.
The Home Affairs Ministry said nearly 100 Malaysians have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight on behalf of the Islamic State.