Malaysia's police chief said Monday that 17 suspected militants were detained Sunday for allegedly plotting to carry out terrorist acts in the country's largest city.(AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
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Malaysia's national police chief said Tuesday that 17 people detained over the weekend in a suspected Islamic militant plot had planned to kidnap high-profile figures and launch terrorist attacks.Malaysia's parliament on Tuesday passed a tough anti-terrorism law to counter the perceived IS threat, which allows authorities to detain terrorism suspects without charge virtually indefinitely, according to its critics.Police had said in January they had arrested a total of 120 people with suspected Islamic State links or sympathies, or who had sought to travel to Syria or Iraq, and that 67 Malaysians were known at the time to have gone abroad to join IS jihadists.
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