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10 may have ties to Nigerian in bomb plot

By Associated Press
January 29, 2010

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Ten terrorism suspects arrested in Malaysia allegedly have ties to a Nigerian suspected in the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a US airliner, a news report said yesterday.

Malaysia’s home minister announced the arrests Wednesday, saying they were mainly foreigners linked to an international terrorist network.

They include four men from Syria, two from Nigeria, and one each from Yemen and Jordan, said Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, head of a rights group that assists people held under Malaysia’s Internal Security Act, which allows indefinite detention without trial.

They were among 50 people arrested by police on Jan. 21 while attending a weekly Islamic class with a Syrian university lecturer, he said. The others were later released.

The government-linked New Straits Times newspaper said foreign antiterrorism agencies told authorities the suspects were in Malaysia and were linked to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a young Nigerian accused of trying to detonate a bomb during a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Dec. 25.