IS warns of further attacks against police

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian arm of the Islamic State (IS) has released a video warning of an attack against the police.

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In the video, IS fighter Mohd Rafi Udin, a former taxi driver from Negri Sembilan, also urged IS sympathisers in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines to unite under the leadership of Abu Abdullah in the Philippines.

“To those of you in Bukit Aman, know that it will not remain peaceful any longer, we will return to attack you,” said Rafi in Malay.

The two-and-a-half minute video also features glimpses of weapons and IS recruits in training at an undisclosed location.

In the video, Rafi is seen seated with his back facing the ocean as he sends out a message to supporters in the Nusantara (Malay archipelago), asking them to pledge their loyalty to IS leader Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi and to carry out attacks against their “enemies”.

It is unclear where the video was taken but the video has been circulating on the Internet since late last month.

Abu Abdullah is an extremist leader from the Abu Sayyaf militant group who had sworn allegiance to IS in January.

Rafi, also known as Abu Aun al-Malysi, left Malaysia in 2014 for Syria to fight alongside the group.

Rafi, now 50, was seen recently in a video beheading Middle Eastern-looking prisoners along with other fighters.

Rafi had been involved in militant activities since 1998, when he joined the KMM, that aimed to overthrow the Government and replace it with Islamic rule.

In 2001, Rafi escaped to Indonesia but later was arrested in Sulawesi in 2003.

In 2004, he returned to Malaysia and was held under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Upon his release, Rafi worked as a taxi driver in Cheras. – The Star Online

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