KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said Wednesday that they were looking for a university lecturer and four others allegedly involved in terror activities and now believed to be hiding in the Philippines as it cracks down on suspected militants.
The announcement comes as authorities express concern about youths in the Muslim-majority country being radicalized and recruited to fight in battles such as those in Syria.
Police said the five wanted men, believed to be in the southern Philippines, included an Islamic studies lecturer and a stationary shop owner at Universiti Malaya, one of the country’s biggest universities.
Three of the men are suspected to be involved in recruiting and sending militants to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), police said in a statement.
Two others are believed to have been part of an extremist group in eastern Malaysia and have now joined Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines, police added.
Universiti Malaya said in a statement that the 36-year-old lecturer, Mahmoud Ahmad, had been absent and could not be contacted for four weeks, vowing “full cooperation” with the police.
Malaysian police have arrested more than a dozen people suspected of involvement in Islamist militant activities in recent months.