Kuala Lumpur - Four Malaysian militants were sentenced to between 20 and 25 years' imprisonment for plotting to bomb government buildings and entertainment centres, prosecutors said Friday.
Mohamad Anwar Azmi, 33, and Mohamad Nurkamal, 30, were sentenced to 25 years in jail each while Izwan Shameer Suzaimi, 26, and Muhammad Luqman Hakim Abdul Aziz, 23, were both given 20 years, deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said.
The four were among five arrested in April last year by counter-terrorism police while preparing homemade bombs in the town of Hulu Langat near Kuala Lumpur, Wan Shaharuddin said.
The other member of the group, who was a minor at the time of his arrest, is to be sentenced later in the month, he added.
Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Nordin Hassan said the long sentences were aimed at deterring others from committing the same offence.
Authorities in Malaysia have been pursuing people suspected of supporting militant Islam. Police estimated that nearly 100Malaysians have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State group.
Malaysian security forces have been on alert since January following the bombings in Indonesia's capital Jakarta that killed several people.