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Malaysia arrests foreigners on terror charges


The authorities in Malaysia say 10 people, including nine foreigners, have been arrested on terror charges.

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the group, thought to be linked to international terror organisations, posed "a very serious threat".

International intelligence services had co-operated over the arrests, he added.

The suspects are being held under the controversial Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for indefinite detention without trial.

The government has faced calls for the ISA to be repealed, from groups who say there is too much potential for it be abused.

The act has previously been used to detain opponents of the government and members of the regional militant Islamist terror group, Jemaah Islamiah.

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