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Police foiled planned attacks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the eve of the country's independence day

Police foiled planned attacks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the eve of the country's independence day

Police foiled planned attacks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the eve of the country's independence day

Planned attacks in Malaysia on the eve of the country's independence day have been foiled and three suspected members of Islamic State arrested, said police.

The three men planned to attack entertainment centres in Kuala Lumpur, a Hindu temple that is also a popular tourist destination and police stations with grenades or firearms on Tuesday, said national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar.

Police seized a grenade and a handgun with 24 bullets from one of the suspects.

The trio - a truck driver, a butcher and a drink seller - had planned to fly to Syria to join the Islamic State group following the attacks, police added.

Malaysia is marking its 59th National Day on Wednesday with a grand parade in the capital.

The men, detained in a three-day operation from Saturday, had received orders to launch attacks from Muhammad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi, a Malaysian fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria.

Muhammad Wanndy was believed to have ordered a grenade attack in June on a bar outside Kuala Lumpur, marking the militants' first attack in the country.

Muslim-majority Malaysia has detained 200 suspected militants over the last three years, and police raised the security alert level earlier this year following attacks abroad.

AP