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Sunday, 5 August, 2001, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK
Malaysia arrests suspected Islamic activists
The son of the spiritual leader of Malaysia's Islamic opposition party has been detained under a new controversial security law.

Malaysian police say 34-year-old Nik Adli Nik Abdul Aziz has been arrested in the eastern state of Kelantan under the Internal Security Act on suspicion of involvement in a group waging a "holy war".

His father, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat - who is the chief minister of Kelantan - is reported to have confirmed that his son had been to Afghanistan and had supported Muslims there in their fight against the Russian military.

Ten people have been arrested since Thursday under the sweeping new law.

Malaysian authorities say they believe they were members of the Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia group and are linking them to a series of unsolved crimes.

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