Police say suspects in Palestinian killing still in Malaysia

By Middle East Affairs

Malaysian police believe the two men suspected of killing aPalestinianlecturer in Kuala Lumpur arestillin the country,Reuters reported.

Fadi al-Batsh, an engineering lecturer from Palestine, was gunned down outside his apartment Saturday by two men on a motorcycle.

Inspector-General ofPoliceMohamad Fuzi Harun told reporters that a Kawasaki motorcycle had been found abandoned near a lake about nine minutes from the scene, which allowed police totrace a photo of one of thesuspects and release it.

Witnesses had described the suspects “as well-built and light-skinned, possibly Middle Eastern or European.”

The new photo shows one of thesuspectsas having dark, long hair and a prominent goatee, as well as fair skin.

A Royal Malaysia Police handout of a computer generated mugshot of one of the two men suspected of gunning down a Palestinian man in Kuala Lumpur released April 23, 2018. Royal Malaysia Police/Handout via REUTERS
A Royal Malaysia Police handout of a computer generated mugshot of one of the two men suspected of gunning down a Palestinian man in Kuala Lumpur released April 23, 2018. Royal Malaysia Police/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters reported Mohamad Fuzi as saying their nationality is still unknown.

“We believe thesuspectsarestillin the country,” he said. “We have yet to identify them, but we suspect that they used fake identification either when entering the country or when they were here.”

Hamas, the armed militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, claimed Batsh as a member and accused Israel of carrying out the assassination via its spy agency Mossad. Israel denied the accusation, but Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman saidSunday that Batsh was “not a saint” and that his work involved designing rockets. Lieberman also suggested that Hamas was behind the attack as some sort of settling of scores for an unidentified reason.

Mohamad Fuzi told reporters that thekillingappeared “very professionally done,” but wouldn’t say whether he believed it was a Mossad operation.Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also said on Saturday thesuspectswere believed to be Europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency.

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