KUALA LUMPUR: Airport screener among 10 nabbed by KL over militant links

An armed auxiliary police officer who handled the screening of explosives and dangerous goods at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was among a group of 10 arrested last month for suspected links to Islamic militants, said a senior counter-terrorism source, raising concerns over aviation security in the country.

The suspect is the first auxiliary policeman to be arrested for alleged ties to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.

“The auxiliary police officer had been working at KLIA Terminal 1 since 2013. He worked at the scanning machine division,” the source told The Straits Times.

Before KLIA, the man worked at Subang airport, the source added.

Describing this as serious, counter-terrorism experts said that as an airport police officer has wide access, he could help smuggle in weapons and militants for terror attacks.

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