• A man hangs a poster depicting Palestinian electrical engineer Fadi Mohammad al-Batash, who was shot dead in Malaysia (Photo by Reuters)
    A man hangs a poster depicting Palestinian electrical engineer Fadi Mohammad al-Batash, who was shot dead in Malaysia (Photo by Reuters)

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement says Israeli regime’s spy agency Mossad was behind the assassination of a Palestinian lecturer in Malaysia.

Malaysian police said on Saturday that the 35-year-old victim, identified as Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, was shot dead by two gunmen on a high-powered motorcycle near his home at Idaman Puteri condominium in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

“The suspect fired 10 shots, four of which hit the lecturer in the head and body. He died on the spot,” the official Bernama news agency quoted Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim as saying.  

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.  

“We believe the lecturer was their target because two other individuals walked by the place earlier unharmed,” he said.  

Batsh was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers, and had been reportedly living in Malaysia for 10 years. He was a lecturer at a private university.

The Palestinian man’s family and a senior Islamic Jihad leader, Khaled al-Batsh, blamed Mossad for the murder.

The family said that the lecturer was supposed to have left for Turkey on Saturday to attend a conference on energy.

Speaking in an interview on Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television network, Khaled al-Batash demanded that Malaysia “conduct a comprehensive and rapid investigation to prevent the escape of the assassins.”

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said authorities were not discounting the possible involvement of foreign agents in the killing of the Palestinian private university lecturer.

There has been no comment from Israeli authorities.  

Batsh was a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause on social media. He had shared many tweets supporting the Great March for Return, and had also voiced his sympathy for slain Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja.

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Apr 21, 2018 13:43 UTC
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