KL probing backgrounds of 2 Malaysians linked to Al-Qaeda

 
Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein checking out the closed-circuit television (CCTV) system in a police car in Johor Baru. He said initial investigations confirmed that the two men – Rafik Mohammed Aaref and Mohammed Razin Shaaban – had no direct links with militant Islamic groups in this region. -- PHOTO: SIN CHEW DAILY

KUALA LUMPUR - The Home Ministry is investigating the backgrounds of two Malaysians arrested at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon on Oct 18 on suspicion of having links with Al-Qaeda.

Yesterday, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said initial investigations confirmed that the two men – Rafik Mohammed Aaref and Mohammed Razin Shaaban – had no direct links with militant Islamic groups in this region.

“It’s too early to announce the details. However, they are not directly involved with any militant groups in this region or with members of the Jemaah Islamiah or Darul Islam,” Datuk Seri Hishammuddin said. “So far, their group is outside this region.”

He said it was unusual for Malaysians to be involved with Middle Eastern terrorist groups.

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