Yemeni man fined in Malaysia for dressing as ‘suicide bomber’ for Halloween party

Amjad Jalal Ahmed Al-Dahan wore a fake beard and a cardboard belt with two empty water bottles taped to it for a party in an apartment complex in the Malaysian city of Petaling Jaya.

world Updated: Nov 17, 2017 17:49 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
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A student wears a mask as he gathers with others during a Halloween party at a school in Bangkok.(Reuters)

A Yemeni man who dressed as a hooded suicide bomber for a Halloween party has been fined in Malaysia for causing a public nuisance, his lawyer said on Friday.

Amjad Jalal Ahmed Al-Dahan wore a fake beard and a cardboard belt with two empty water bottles taped to it.

He also had on a white robe with a scarf wrapped around his head at the party in an apartment complex in Petaling Jaya, a city next to Kuala Lumpur.

Al-Dahan, 34, pleaded guilty and was fined 400 ringgit ($100), the maximum fine for the offence, his lawyer Saraswathy Devi told AFP.

Largely Muslim Malaysia has arrested hundreds of suspected militants in recent years, including several people connected to the Abu Sayyaf group operating in the southern Philippines.

Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia have been on alert after Filipino militants backed by foreign fighters and waving the black Islamic State (IS) group flag seized the southern Philippine city of Marawi in May.

The Philippine government and security analysts said the attack on Marawi is part of an IS plan to establish a caliphate in Southeast Asia.

First Published: Nov 17, 2017 16:47 IST