KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The police in Malaysia on Friday said they have arrested four more suspected Tamil Tiger separatists, including a man allegedly involved in the attempted assassination of a former Sri Lankan president.
The arrests come after three Sri Lankans, including two refugees, were deported in May amid a crackdown on suspected militants, prompting criticism from the United Nations refugee agency. Federal police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the latest arrests happened in raids around the capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
The men are allegedly members of the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist group and were trying to set up a base in the Southeast Asian nation, Khalid said in a statement. Those arrested included a suspected militant linked to the attempted assassination in 1999 of former president Chandrika Kumaratunga.
A second suspect was described as an explosives expert, a third is alleged to have facilitated planned attacks on Sri Lankan consulates in India and the fourth is accused of gathering intelligence for the group. Counterfeit passports and other documents had been confiscated, Khalid said.