Most Malaysian terror suspects ‘lonely, unstable and lack education’

Muzliza Mustafa

A member of the Syrian government forces walking past an Islamic State graffiti in Deir Hafer, Aleppo, on Friday, after they seized control of the town from the jihadists. A number of Malaysians have died fighting for IS in Syria. – AFP pic, April 2, 2017.

RELIGIOUS extremists detained in Malaysia for involvement in Islamic terror acts are lonely and naive, come from broken families and have a genuine desire to defend their religion at all cost, said terrorism expert Ahmad El-Muhammady.

He said people with these characteristics were “easy prey” for extremist organisations, adding that almost all of the 50 terror suspects, aged between 16 and 50, currently undergoing a rehabilitation programme while being detained in Malaysia, were found to be emotionally and psychologically unstable.

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