KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian government has started investigation into two of its nationals who were arrested in Lebanon for terrorists link, officials said Sunday.
It was very unusual for Malaysians to be involved in terrorist group outside the region such Al-Qaeda, said Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who told reporters that the government is greatly concerned about the incident and his ministry is probing the background of the two suspects.
"We'll investigate the suspected involvement of Malaysians with Al-Qaeda and Taliban in depth as it's a matter of grave concern," he was quoted as saying by the official news agency of Bernama.
The Malaysian Ambassador to Lebanon has confirmed the arrest of the two Malaysians, aged 21, and 28 years old respectively, at the Beirut International Airport a few days ago for allegedly linked to the terrorist group.
Lebanese media has reported that the two were in the country for terrorist attack.
Malaysian officials said they were still waiting for details of the arrest from Lebanese authorities.
Hishammudin said the duo had not direct link to any militant groups in this region, but Malaysian Armed Forces chief Zulkifeli Mohd Zin pointed out the possibility that the two might had been trained in a neighbouring country, citing close links between the militant in the region and terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a statement that the two suspects had been brought to a military court in Beirut and were scheduled to appear in court again on Monday.
Malaysia has largely been exempted from terrorists activities within the country, but some Malaysians has been involved with militant group in the region.