By Middle East Affairs
Malaysian police believe the two men suspected of killing a Palestinian lecturer in Kuala Lumpur are still in 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 of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun told reporters that a Kawasaki motorcycle had been found abandoned near a lake about nine minutes from the scene, which allowed police to trace a photo of one of the suspects 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 the suspects as having dark, long hair and a prominent goatee, as well as fair skin.
Reuters reported Mohamad Fuzi as saying their nationality is still unknown.
“We believe the suspects are still in 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 said Sunday 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 the killing appeared “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 the suspects were believed to be Europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency.