Leader in Syria calls fol­lower a traitor to the cause

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ALIZA SHAH KUALA LUMPUR

THE ar­rests of two Is­lamic State mil­i­tants here last month have caused a rift be­tween the ter­ror group’s Malaysian leader in Syria and one of its fol­low­ers here.

The for­mer, Muham­mad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi, blamed the lat­ter for the ar­rests, call­ing him a traitor to the cause.

In a Face­book post­ing on Wednes­day, just a few days af­ter the ar­rests, Wan­ndy ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment as he claimed an in­former had made it pos­si­ble for po­lice to ar­rest the duo, a Malaysian and an In­done­sian.

“It is sad when some of our friends who have been re­leased (from de­ten­tion) un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Special Mea­sures) Act 2012 are will­ing to be­come traitors by be­com­ing se­cret agents for the po­lice. In fact, there are two to three in­di­vid­u­als who claimed that they are pro

daulah (IS) who act this way.

“Be care­ful if any­one of­fers to help you in your hi­jrah as it could be a trap... I feel sad when I think about Abu Zubair, who was ar­rested in Kuala Lumpur last week,” he said.

He said “Abu Zubair” and “Se­na­pang Kayu” were trapped by some­one known as “Abu Ah­mad” from Pa­hang, who claimed that he would bear their to­tal trav­el­ling cost to Syria.

“Abu Zubair” and “Se­na­pang Kayu” were be­lieved to be the nom de guerre and co­de­name for the Malaysian and In­done­sian ar­rested last month by coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tives.

The duo were said to have been or­dered by Wan­ndy to carry out a large-scale ve­hi­cle borne im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice (VBIED) at­tack, or car bomb­ing, in Malaysia.

The New Straits Times had re­ported yes­ter­day that the at­tack was still in the plan­ning stages, with Wan­ndy yet to de­cide the tar­get.

The NST had also learnt that a third per­son, who was still at large, was to pre­pare the at­tack while the duo was to carry it out.

The VBIED at­tack was not to be a sui­cide mis­sion, as the two were is­sued or­ders to make their way to Syria to join IS there once the mis­sion was ac­com­plished.

It was un­der­stood that this was where Wan­ndy was count­ing on “Abu Ah­mad”. In a Face­book post­ing later, he claimed “Abu Ah­mad” had claimed to have RM50,000 avail­able to as­sist IS mem­bers in Malaysia, but when asked for just RM3,000, had walked back on his word.

It was un­der­stood that the RM3,000, which Wan­ndy had re­quested, was to have been used to spirit “Abu Zubair” and “Se­na­pang Kayu” to Syria.

Wan­ndy also hit out at the po­lice, say­ing they were mak­ing slan­der­ous re­marks against the two men who had been ar­rested.

Hav­ing posted screen­shots of lo­cal me­dia re­ports on the ar­rests, he said if there was any ev­i­dence of an im­pend­ing VBIED at­tack, po­lice should make this ev­i­dence pub­lic.

“Lak­nat­ul­lah (those cursed by god) de­fam­ing Abu Zubair and Se­na­pang Kayu... if it’s true that the car bomb ex­ists, then po­lice should prove it,” said Wan­ndy, who uses the nom de guerre Abu Hamzah Al Fateh in Syria.

Mean­while, fed­eral po­lice Special Branch direc­tor Datuk Seri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun said po­lice would con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor ex­trem­ist groups in the coun­try, adding that pre­ven­tive mea­sures would be taken if nec­es­sary.

Muham­mad Wan­ndy Mo­hamad Jedi

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