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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Arrested in Plot to Bomb Embassies

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia has arrested three would-be suicide bombers allegedly part of a thwarted plot to attack Western embassies in Singapore, officials announced Tuesday.

The suspects are among four members of an Islamic extremist militant group linked to al-Qaida who were arrested Nov. 16 to 20 in Johor, a southern state lying opposite the island of Singapore, an official said on condition of anonymity.

They were part of a backup unit in Jemaah Islamiyah, which allegedly planned to attack the U.S., British and Australian embassies in Singapore with truck bombs, the official said.

The plot unraveled in December and January when Singaporean and Malaysian police arrested scores of suspects. The four men escaped to Indonesia but returned to see their families, the official said.

The men in Malaysian custody consist of three Malaysians and a Singaporean, the Malaysian official said.