IS wanted to kidnap Malaysian PM Najib, says his deputy

(From The Star/Asia News Network)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was among the top Malaysian officials that militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS) targeted for kidnapping last year, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the home minister, said he and Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein were also targeted by the group.

“On Jan 30, 2015, a total of 13 people with ties to Daesh (another name for IS) had planned to kidnap the leaders, including the prime minister, home minister and defense minister,” Dr Ahmad Zahid told Parliament on Tuesday (March 8).

He said this in a reply to Datuk Abdul Manan Ismail, a Barisan Nasional MP for Paya Besar, who asked the home ministry to state the success of police in preventing terrorist attacks planned by IS in the country.

Dr Ahmand Zahid said the police had prevented four incidents of attacks in Malaysia by IS. Read More

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