Malaysia accused of rights assault as terrorism law passes

April 7, 2015 8:58 AM

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Malaysia was accused Tuesday of waging an assault on civil rights as parliament passed a tough anti-terrorism law aimed at countering Islamic militancy.

The passage of the Prevention of Terrorism Act came as the government announced that 17 militants -- whom police say were arrested for plotting terror attacks in the country -- had drawn their inspiration from the extremist Islamic State group.

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