malaysian police recently arrested three men they believe were planning to join islamist militants in syria. police say the three were arrested at kuala lumpur international airport. officials say militant groups have used social media to interest more than 30 malaysian muslims in fighting what they call "jihad" in syria and iraq. anti-terrorism experts say they are worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
you are listening to a video found on the youtube website. in the video, malaysians are seen fighting side by side with islamist militants in syria.
one of the malaysians was 45-year-old lotfi ariffin. he had thousands of malaysian followers on facebook. it was on facebook that people first learned he had been killed in battle.
in iraq, another malaysian carried out a suicide bomb attack, killing 25 policemen.
since early last year, malaysian officials have been actively working to stop people from joining groups like the islamic state. anti-terrorism expert ayob khan says he is worried about more than the harm they can cause in syria and iraq.
"they also planning to carry out attacks in malaysia, against the malaysian government, because for them malaysia is not (an) islamic government. it is ok to topple malaysia through armed struggle. so that is the main objective, the same objective that what has been preached by the islamic state."
earlier this year, malaysian police arrested several people who planned to join up with the islamic state. police said the suspects had talked about attacking targets in malaysia. last week, they arrested three other people as they prepared to go to syria.