Deputy chief of the Malaysian police counter-terrorism division, Ayob Khan Mydin, during an interview in Kuala Lumpur Aug. 19, 2014 after police foiled plans for a wave of ISIS bombings. (AFP PHOTO/MOHD RASFAN)
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Suspected Malaysian militants loyal to the extremist Islamic State movement bought bomb-making material ahead of a proposed attack on a Carlsberg brewery near the capital Kuala Lumpur, a top anti-terrorism official said.Islamic State's sweep through northern Iraq, bringing it close to Baghdad and in control of the second city, Mosul, has energized radical Muslim followers in Malaysia and Indonesia, partly due to teachings that "the final battle" would take place in the greater Syrian region.At least 20 Malaysians and up to 500 Indonesians are estimated by security officials to have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.Despite the arrests, the group's Malaysian supporters had continued to send followers to Syria, said Ayob Khan.
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