“Islamic State” had planned to carry out nine terrorist attacks in Malaysia using for the purpose local Islamists who had returned from Syria, reported Anadolu Agency.

They were stopped by authorities at the last moment, said at a press conference the chief of the anti-terrorism bureau of the police Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay. Among the targets of the attacks were tourist sites, temples and government buildings in the center of Kuala Lumpur.

He added that the attacks were to be carried out by Malaysians who fought in the ranks of the “Islamic State” in Syria and then returned to their homeland. Pitchay added that it is known that about 90 residents of the country have links with the terrorist organization.

He stated that the police have detained more than 230 suspects of terrorism since 2013, from which 200 locals.

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