Palestinian Engineer Gunned Down in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Police Say

Elias Hubbard
April 22, 2018

The man, who was reported to be an electrical engineer and had lived in Kuala Lumpur for more than 10 years, was gunned down by two men on a motorbike who ambushed him and pumped more than 10 bullets into him, Xinhua news agency reported.

While Hamas stopped short of blaming Israel, Al Batsh's family have accused Israel's intelligence agency of targeting him, according to news agencies.

Mazlan said a recording of a closed-circuit television camera near the scene showed the two assailants waited for about 20 minutes for the Palestinian lecturer to arrive.

Batsh was a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause on social media.

Palestine's ambassador to Malaysia Anwar Al Agha later identified the victim as Palestinian Fadi al-Batsh, an engineering lecturer, but declined to say if he was a member of Hamas.

Malaysian police said Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, 35, was killed in a drive-by motorcycle shooting as he headed on foot to take part in dawn Muslim prayers on Saturday.

When contacted by Reuters, Mazlan declined to comment on reports that al-Batsh was a member of Hamas or had been targeted by hitmen. The deputy prime minister did not elaborate.

Malaysia's deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government was looking into the possibility of the involvement of "foreign agents" in his killing.

Photos published by Palestinian media show a man lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head.

Ahmad Zahid claimed that Al Batsh was active in pro-Palestinian non-governmental organizations and was an expert in electrical engineering and rocket-building.

Besides his Hamas affiliation, Batsh was a cousin of Khaled al-Batsh, a senior official in the Islamic Jihad terror group, who also accused the Mossad of the assassination, without providing evidence.

According to the news agency SPA, which is affiliated with Hamas, Batash, a former resident of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, worked in Malaysia in the past years as a lecturer at a private university and was the imam of a mosque in the city. His official biography said his research interests included power converters, power quality, and renewable energy. He was said to have been living in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, before moving here. However, Israel has a long history of suspected targeting of wanted Palestinian militants and has been connected to other assassinations as well, although it has never acknowledged them.

In Dubai, in 2010, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a key Hamas missile purchaser and importer, was assassinated in his hotel room in a killing widely attributed to Mossad.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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