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Malaysia police detain 3 people on suspicion of recruiting terrorists

Malaysian police say they have detained three people suspected of recruiting militants for terrorist activities.

Rights activists say the suspects include an al-Qaida-linked former army captain who was previously held without trial for seven years.

National police Chief Ismail Omar says the two men and a woman were detained Thursday on suspicion they led efforts "to recruit several Malaysians for terrorist activities."

He said in a statement that an investigation is continuing. Other police officials said they could not elaborate.

The statement did not identify the suspects. However, human rights group Suaram says they include Yazid Sufaat, a former Malaysian army captain who spent seven years in detention without trial after being accused of belonging to Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian militant network. He was freed in 2008.