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Posted on 01/27/2010 11:26:39 PM PST by myknowledge
Terrorism suspects from Jordan, Nigeria, Syria and Yemen have been detained in Malaysia, activists say as a report linked them to the Nigerian behind the botched Christmas plane bombing.
Malaysia announced on Wednesday it had arrested 10 people for "acts of terrorism" and said they were members of an international terror outfit tracked down in cooperation with foreign intelligence groups.
The government-linked New Straits Times said the 10 were believed to be associated with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian student accused of trying to detonate explosives on a Northwest Airlines plane approaching Detroit.
"It was learnt that foreign anti-terrorism agencies informed Malaysian authorities that the 10 were linked to Abdulmutallab and that they were in Malaysia," said the daily on Thursday, which did not cite any sources for its report.
Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Wednesday that the suspects were being held under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for indefinite detention without trial.
Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, chairman of the Abolish ISA Movement, said the activist group had learned that 50 people were detained on January 21 as they attended a religious lecture on the fringes of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
He said the majority were released the following day but that 12 remained in detention - including a Malaysian, two Nigerians, four Syrians, one Yemeni and one Jordanian.
"The house they were at was forced into without warning by the police action forces using force and weapons," he told a press conference.
Syed Ibrahim said the detentions may have been a response to international pressure on Malaysia to crack down on terrorism, particularly after US warnings that militants were planning attacks on foreigners at Borneo island resorts.
"In any case, the ISA is a convenient tool to use to avert pressure by making foreigners, in this case mostly from the Middle East region, into scapegoats," he said.
Muhamad Yunus Zainal Abidin, 29, said he was among those detained during the lecture by Syrian preacher Aiman Al Dakkak who was among those taken into custody.
He told the press conference that the interrogation focused on whether Aiman was planning any action, and that he was not questioned over the Christmas bombing.
"We never talked about jihad or bombing anyone. Aiman condemned this," he said of the classes which he said had been running since 2003.
Malaysia's controversial ISA has been used in the past against alleged militants, including members of Southeast Asian extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah, which is linked to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network.
One JI member released in 2008 is accused of hosting a planning meeting ahead of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Analysts say that other militants affiliated with Al-Qaeda have used Kuala Lumpur for meetings and logistics.
Hishammuddin on Thursday refused to confirm or deny the New Straits Times report and reiterated that Malaysia would not release further information that could jeopardise the ongoing investigation.
"If you are talking about international linkages, international terrorism, it cannot stop with just the people we apprehended because we don't know who else is out there," he told reporters.
"I think this is a very good wake-up call because the playground for the terrorist is no longer one location. In this borderless world that we live in now, the whole world is their playground."
Abdulmutallab, allegedly trained in Yemen by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, is accused of trying to detonate explosives sewn into his underwear before being tackled and overpowered by passengers and crew.
Bin Laden, in an audio message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, praised him as a "hero" and warned US President Barack Obama that the foiled plot was meant as a similar message to the 9/11 strikes.
Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the undies bomber.
Well done to the Malays for apprehending 10 of Abdul Mutallab's accomplices.
NIGERIAN BOMBER BOUGHT TICKET IN GHANA
PASSPORT NUMBER ALSO REVEALED, ZUMUNTA ASSOCIATION USA CONDEMNS ACT
Lagos (THEWILL)- THEWILL has continued to investigate the attempted terrorist attack in the United States by a Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab.
The Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren told journalists on Boxing Day that Umar bought his ticket at the airport office of KLM Airlines in Accra, Ghana without leaving any contact details then returned to Nigeria.
"The ticket information revealed that the ticket was purchased in Accra, for $2, 831, with original routing for Lagos - Amsterdam- Detroit- Amsterdam- Accra, but was later re-issued to read Lagos- Amsterdam- Detroit- Lagos at the KLM office in Lagos. The return leg of the ticket was to set at January 8, 2010 out of Detroit, Michigan.
CCTV footage and passenger travelling manifest obtained show that he personally checked in at 8.30pm WAT.
The DG said, "He personally checked in at 2035 local time. The passenger did not check in any baggage but was spotted with a shoulder bag. He went through normal screening and check in process. His passport was scanned, his US visa was scanned and the advance passenger information system returned no objection. He was allotted seat number 20B on the Lagos -Amsterdam leg and seat 19A on the Amsterdam - Detroit leg.
"The passenger possessed a Nigerian machine readable passport issued Sept 15, 2005 to expire Sept 14, 2010 with passport number A3921640. His multiple entry US visa was issued in London, UK, on June 16, 2008 and set to expire June 2010."
The passenger presented himself to the various security personnel for screening at the airport. Thereafter, he passed through aviation security comprising of walk- through metal detector and baggage X-ray screening machine.
He proceeded to the boarding gate where he went through secondary screening as confirmed by KLM officials. At the closure of the departure, passenger was confirmed on board, his name was on the post.
WHO OR WHAT MOTIVATED HIM TO REMOVE GHANA FROM THE ITINERARY - I WONDER...?
Something tells me Malaysia does’t give Miranda rights, lawyers, or refrain from aggressive interoigation.
...and obama weeps with grief at the thought of his muzzie brothers in captivity.
Terror suspects linked to Nigeria bomber
NIGERIAN BOMBER BOUGHT TICKET IN GHANA
. . . . Ghana, again.
Article, then please check out post #2 by Fred Nerks.
[Thanks, Fred Nerks.]
What do you think? Maybe a primary base for his handlers? Or the crew that trains and equips him? What's your best guess, Fred?
GOPJ you have mail
my ‘best guess’ is that the so-called Bin Laden tape claiming it was an al Qaida attack is a load of crock, and the subsequent apprehension of Malaysian ‘associates’ is nothing but a diversion to take the heat off where the perp bought his ticket and what his original itinerary was.
An intinerary that was changed - WHY? The perp obviously planned to depart from Ghana - where the ticket was bought. Funny. What did he do? Put the ticket and his pocket and went to another country to start his journey?
Methinks someone gave him a message. YOU CAN’T GET ON THE AIRCRAFT IN GHANA!