KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian police said on Friday that eight terror suspects had been arrested in recent operations under suspicion of raising funds for terrorist groups.
Seven of the suspects are Philippines nationals and one is a Malaysian national, according to Malaysian police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The suspects were aged between 27 to 60 with most suspected to belong to the Abu Sayyaf militant group based in the Philippines and are believed to be involved in kidnapping for ransom.
Abu Sayyaf is notorious for kidnapping for ransom and beheading victims if the money is not delivered.
Another suspect is believed to have links to Islamic State based in Syria and was involved in fundraising for the group through the sale of gold bars since last year.
The arrests were made in the state of Sabah, which bordering the Philippines, as well as the administration center of Putrajaya between late October and mid-November, according to the police.