3. The RSF members sold membership cards among Filipinos in Sabah. Talk about daring. They ran back to southern Philippines after losing 2013 battle but came back to Sabah Nov 2018 to reactivate RSF. Malaysian troops in 2013 standoff pictured.
2. On Mar 11, @PDRMsia detained 5 Filipinos, 1 Malaysian who fought with Maute in Marawi 2017. Also harboured Maute elements & some Mid East men in Sabah. Also arrested 2 Royal Sulu Force (RSF) members involved in 2013 eastern Sabah attacks.
THREAD: #1 Police arrested 8 men including 7 foreigners for alleged connection to an Islamic learning centre in Perlis state allegedly related to a #terrorism group in Yemen and spreading salafi jihadi ideology in Southeast Asia, Malaysia police chief @Fuzi_Harun said today.
#2 Arrests thanks to info from foreign intelligence agencies. The suspects - foreign instructor & students at the Islamic learning centre, are connected to a madrasa in Dammaj, Yemen, founded by Sheikh Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadi'i, an extreme salafi jihadi ideologue.
#3 The Yemeni madrasa is a staunch believer in salafi jihadi ideology which makes it permissible to kill non-Muslims & Muslims not in line with them, also labels democracy as "toghut", says Malaysian IGP @Fuzi_Harun.