Malaysia Releases Images of Suspects in Palestinian Engineer's Killing

Frederick Owens
April 25, 2018

On Monday, police released computer-generated photographs of the two men suspected of gunning down the Palestinian man in Kuala Lumpur, adding that alerts have been put out for them at all the country's exit points.

On Monday, Israel's defence minister dismissed suggestions that spy agency Mossad had assassinated Fadi al-Batsh. But Israel has a long history of suspected targeting of wanted Palestinian militants in daring overseas operations around the globe and has been linked to other assassinations as well, though it has rarely publicly acknowledged them.

IGP Fuzi Harun says a member of the public tipped off police after spotting motorcycle near Danau Kota Lake in Setapak. Police said closed-circuit television footage showed the suspects had waited for him for nearly 20 minutes.

When asked if the suspects have left the country, Mohamad Fuzi said: "We have yet to establish that as we only have their photofits and have yet to establish their identities to check with the Immigration Department".

"This is an expression of Israel's consent plot to pursue nuclear scientists and academics, starting in Iran and continuing in Tunisia and Malaysia", Nasrallah said during a televised speech from southern Lebanon. "This is an global issue", Mr Lazim said on Sunday.

Malaysia's deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government was looking into the possibility of the involvement of "foreign agents" in his killing.

"Since Israel has successfully developed defense systems against the rockets and the missiles and...new technological regarding terror tunnels, Hamas was left nearly with nothing", said Kobi Michael, a researcher at Israel's Institute for National Security Studies.

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Israel has always been suspected of involvement in several high-profile assassinations of Hamas operatives, including the 2010 killing of the militant group's commander Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel.

In January 2010, Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed by a team of assassins at a hotel room in Dubai.

Hamas, according to Israeli analysts, may be turning to drones to carry out attacks, because Israel has developed countermeasures to both its rocket arsenal and its terror tunnels.

In three weeks of protests, Israeli troops have killed 32 Palestinians and wounded some 1,600.

The border rallies in Gaza are part of a six-week protest set to culminate on May 15.

Israel's use of live fire, killing at least 35 Palestinians, has drawn global criticism.

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