KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said yesterday they had arrested four foreign nationals suspected of having links to Sri Lanka’s defeated separatist Tamil Tigers, the second such detention aimed at the group’s militants on the southeast Asian country.
The four are believed to be senior members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Tamil Tigers, crushed in 2009 after a 26-year civil war over their bid to carve out an independent state in the north of the Indian Ocean island.
Police inspector general Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspects “were planning to reactivate the group by making Malaysia as their base of operations.” Some activists, he said, had exploited their status as refugees to pursue illegal activities.
“The police seriously view activities by foreign terrorists who attempt to use Malaysia as a transit, shelter and centre for their operations,” Khalid said in a statement. Those arrested included a suspected militant linked to the attempted assassination in 1999 of former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga. A second suspect was described as an explosives expert, a third is alleged to have facilitated attacks on Sri Lankan consulates in India and the fourth is accused of gathering intelligence for the group. Reuters