Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian police said they were looking for a university lecturer and four others allegedly involved in terror activities and now believed to be hiding in the Philippines as it cracks down on suspected militants.

The announcement comes as authorities express concern about youths in the Muslim-majority country being radicalised and recruited to fight in hotspots such as Syria.

Police said the five wanted men, believed to be in the southern Philippines, included an Islamic studies lecturer and a stationery shop owner at Universiti Malaya, one of the country’s biggest universities.

Three of the men are suspected to be involved in recruiting and sending militants to the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria, police said in a statement.