Malaysia police: Houthi terror plot ahead of King Salman’s visit thwarted

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 08 March 2017
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Malaysia police: Houthi terror plot ahead of King Salman’s visit thwarted

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Tuesday said suspected militants from Yemen arrested late last month ahead of a visit by Saudi King Salman were planning an attack on “Arab royalties.”
A senior police source said the four Yemenis belonged to a Houthi insurgency group that has been fighting Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition for two years.
King Salman arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 26 with a 600-strong delegation for a four-day visit, at the start of a month-long Asia tour. He is currently in Indonesia.
Between Feb. 21 and Feb. 26, Malaysia arrested one Malaysian and six foreigners — one Indonesian, four Yemenis and one East Asian — for suspected links to militant groups including Daesh, police had said in a statement on Sunday.
Speaking on Tuesday, Malaysia’s police chief said the four Yemenis were plotting an attack on Arab royalties.
“Four Yemenis, apart from their role involving in producing false travel documents they are also involved in distributing drugs... and they are also planning to attack the Arab royalties during the visit in Kuala Lumpur, so we got them in the nick of time,” Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters.
The Yemenis were arrested in Serdang and Cyberjaya — near the capital Kuala Lumpur — for suspected links to a Yemeni insurgent group, Malaysian police had said on Sunday.
Police seized multiple international passports from the four, along with 270,000 ringgit ($60,742.41) in different currencies which were suspected to be channelled to the insurgent group.
The UN has said Yemen now poses the largest food insecurity emergency in the world, with an estimated 7.3 million people needing immediate help, while more than 10,00 people have been killed in the conflict.

Hundred detained in Malaysia
Malaysia has arrested hundreds of people with suspected militant links during recent years.
The Southeast Asian nation has been on high alert since suicide bombers and gunmen linked to Daesh launched multiple attacks in Jakarta, the capital of neighboring Indonesia, in January 2016.
A grenade attack on a bar on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in June last year wounded eight people. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
Two of the seven arrested in late February — a Malaysian and an Indonesian — were planning to launch a large-scale attack using a “vehicle-borne improvised explosive device,” the police have said.
(Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi and Rozanna Latiff)


Trump Administration says it knows location of all children

Updated 24 June 2018
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Trump Administration says it knows location of all children

  • Trump administration officials say the US government knows the location of all children in its custody after separating them from their families at the border and is working to reunite them
  • As part of the effort, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have posted notices in all its facilities advising detained parents who are trying to find or communicate with their children to call a hotline staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Fr

Trump administration officials say the US government knows the location of all children in its custody after separating them from their families at the border and is working to reunite them.
A fact sheet on “zero-tolerance prosecution and family reunification” released Saturday night by the Department of Homeland Security also says a parent must request that their child be deported with them. In the past, the agency says, many parents have elected to be deported without their children. That may be a reflection of violence or persecution they face in their home countries.
As part of the effort, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have posted notices in all its facilities advising detained parents who are trying to find or communicate with their children to call a hotline staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A parent or guardian trying to determine if a child is in the custody of HHS should contact the Office of Refugee Resettlement National Call Center at 1-800-203-7001, or via email [email protected] Information will be collected and sent to HHS funded facility where minor is located.
The fact sheet doesn’t state how long it might take to reunite families. The Port Isabel Service Processing Center in Texas has been set up as the staging ground for the families to be reunited prior to deportation.
How the government would reunite families has been unclear because the families are first stopped by Customs and Border Patrol, with children taken into custody by HHS and adults detained through ICE. Children have been sent to shelters around the country, raising alarm that parents might never know where their children can be found.
The fact sheet states that ICE has implemented an identification mechanism to ensure on-going tracking of linked family members throughout the detention and removal process; designated detention locations for separated parents and will enhance current processes to ensure communication with children in HHS custody; worked closely with foreign consulates to ensure that travel documents are issued for both the parent and child at time of removal; and coordinated with HHS for the reuniting of the child prior to the parents’ departure from the US
President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered the practice of separating parents and their children to stop. As of last Wednesday, 2,053 minors who were separated at the border were being cared for in HHS-funded facilities, the fact sheet said.
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This version of the story has been corrected to say that the fact sheet was issued by the Department of Homeland Security, not Health and Human Services,
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Online:
HHS zero-tolerance prosecution and family reunification fact sheet:
http://apne.ws/qjYtmJR
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Office of Refugee Resettlement National Call Center:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/resource/orr-national-call-center