Hamas and father allege Mossad for the act
In another seemingly trans-national terror operation, new facts were emerging in the incident of dramatic killing of a Palestinian scientist Fadi al-Batsh in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
The chief of Kuala Lumpur police Mazlam Lazim says the killing of a Palestinian academic is an “international issue” that is being investigated from all angles.
The Malaysian authorities said an autopsy was carried out Sunday morning on the body of Hamas member Fadi al-Batsh, a day after the drive-by shooting that Hamas and the victim’s family blamed on Israel’s secret agency Mossad.
Fadi al-Batsh, a 35 year old Palestinian academic was shot dead by two gunmen riding a motorcycle while he was heading to mosque in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Gombak for dawn prayers on Saturday.
His father has accused Israel’s Intelligence Agency Mossad of being behind the killing and appealed Malaysian authorities to look into who carried out the “assassination” as soon as possible.
“We are investigating all angles. I have to investigate very carefully and deeply. This is an international issue,” police chief said.
Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement said al-Batsh was an important member of the organisation and also accused Mossad intelligence agency of being behind the killing. Hamas called him a “loyal” member who was a “scientist of Palestine’s youth scholars” who made “important contributions” and participated in international forums in the field of energy.
According to Malaysian official news agency Bernama, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the suspects were believed to be Europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency.
According to police chief Datuk Seri Mansor Lazim, the two attackers had waited for al-Batsh in front of a residential building in Setapak district for almost 20 minutes, and fired at least 10 bullets, four of which instantly killed him. He was shot in the “body and head”. Police says that they are investigating all angles including “terrorism”.
On Saturday, Ismail Haniyeh, the former Prime Minister of Palestine told that based on previous assassinations “Mossad is not away from this disgraceful, terrible crime”. He visited the mourning tent outside the house of al-Batsh’s family in Jabaliya in the north of the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, Haaretz, a leading Israeli daily reports that Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, has suggested that assassination may have been result of a settling of accounts within Islamist group.
However, he did not respond directly when asked if Israel was behind the killing. He said that there’s a tradition at this point among terrorist organisations of blaming Israel for every settling of accounts.
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