By Pia Lee-Brago
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur has requested further information from the Royal Malaysian Police on the alleged link of five arrested individuals with militants in Mindanao, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.
Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the embassy has also asked for details on the nationalities of the five arrested individuals.
“Based on initial information received from the Royal Malaysian Police, none of the five had Philippine passports or other identity documents in their possession,” Jose said.
The Malaysian police said on Monday they have arrested seven people, including five Filipinos, for suspected links with the militant group Islamic State (IS).
More than 250 people have been arrested in Malaysia between 2013 and 2016 over suspected militant activities linked to the IS.
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