Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the suspects included 95 Malaysians, of which 53 engaged in jihad in Iraq and Syria. NSTP file pic

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 346 suspects linked to Islamic State (IS) in the country had been identified by the authorities up to Oct 6.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the suspects included 95 Malaysians, of which 53 engaged in jihad in Iraq and Syria.

"Thirty-four of them had since perished while fighting in the two war-torn countries," he said of the total number of Malaysians identified to be involved.

Zahid noted that the threat of terrorism in the country had been successfully curbed with the help of international police agency Interpol.

He said authorities had been able to clamp down on terrorism in working closely with Interpol and also other intelligence agencies around the world.

"We are confident that following the recent arrests of IS suspects, the threat of terrorism in the country is at a manageable level," he said when replying to a question by Tan Sri Annuar Musa (BN-Ketereh) in Dewan Rakyat today.

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, added that the government has developed approaches to address human trafficking.

He said the country has implemented measures adopted under the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

Malaysia is among the 189 parties to the Convention which contain elements of the current international law on human trafficking, arms trafficking and money laundering.

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