Kuala Lumpur: A Palestinian scholar named Fadi al-Batsh was assassinated by two unidentified gunmen near a mosque here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Police said Fadi Al Batash from Palestine, 35, a Malaysian permanent resident and a lecturer in a local university here, was shot more than 10 times at close range by two unidentified gunmen on motorcycles this morning as he was walking from his house to a nearby mosque in Jalan Meranti, Setapak.
Reports said he belonged to Hamas. His family blamed Israel`s Mossad.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the home minister, said the police would work with Interpol and Aseanapol to immediately track down the
the two assailants who gunned down a Palestinian scholar in Kuala Lumpur today.
“The police will conduct their investigation by covering all angles. We will investigate the case until the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime,” he said.
Zahid said a preliminary investigation shows that Batash was flying to Turkey this afternoon to attend an international conference.
According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the death of a Palestinian engineer early today has been described as an assassination by Israeli agents in Malaysia.
Israeli news portal also quoted a senior leader of Palestinian group Islamic Jihad accusing Israeli intelligence agency Mossad of being behind the assassination.
Batash is said to be married and has three children.
Haaretz also reported that Batash was a member of resistance group Hamas, and was a former resident of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip.
Sources said that Batash was an expert engineer in electrical engineering and energy production.
Meanwhile, PAS has urged the government to investigate claims that Mossad agents had infiltrated Malaysia to carry out the assassination of Palestinian activists.
“It has been a practice by Mossad to carry out the assassination of Muslim leaders around the world including in the West. We believe this incident is also related to that and there is a mastermind behind it,” said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
“The government must show courage and not be pressured,” he said