Is I.S. leader Wan­ndy dead?

Wife posted news on Face­book, but intelligence teams think it could be a ploy

New Straits Times - - News - » RE­PORT BY ALIZA SHAH

THE wife of the no­to­ri­ous Malaysian ter­ror­ist, Muhammad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi, says that he has been killed. A source in the intelligence com­mu­nity is not en­tirely con­vinced, though. He says the Face­book post­ing ‘does not match her style of writ­ing’.

THE top Malaysian Is­lamic State (IS) op­er­a­tive in Syria, Muhammad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi, has re­port­edly been killed af­ter he was shot in a drone at­tack.

It is un­der­stood that his com­rade, whose na­tion­al­ity is un­known, was also killed in the at­tack in Ma’dan, Syria, on Satur­day.

News of the 27-year-old ter­ror­ist’s death was shared by his wife, Nor Mah­mu­dah Ah­mad, 28, on her Face­book page.

Nor Mah­mu­dah, who has been in Syria with Wan­ndy since 2014, posted that she ac­cepted her hus­band’s fate.

“My dear fighter, fi­nally it’s your time to go.

“I will re­main here and take care of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties you have left be­hind.

“Al­though my heart has not been as strong as I ex­pected, I ac­cept it as fate,” she said in her post on Satur­day.

Wan­ndy was put on the United States’ Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist list in March, mak­ing him a high-pro­file tar­get for law en­force­ment agen­cies world­wide.

He was wanted in Malaysia for re­cruit­ing lo­cal fight­ers and co­or­di­nat­ing at­tacks in this coun­try.

Sources in­volved in mon­i­tor­ing Malaysians fight­ing along­side IS in Syria told the New Straits Times that al­though Wan­ndy’s wife had posted about his death, intelligence on the news was still be­ing ver­i­fied.

Intelligence teams are gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on whether the news was a ploy by Wan­ndy, who wanted to de­ceive peo­ple into think­ing that he had died.

“Al­though his wife has con­firmed the news, there is still sus­pi­cion about the post­ing.

“This is be­cause some of the words used in the post­ing are not com­monly used by his wife pre­vi­ously.

“They do not match her style of writ­ing,” the source said.

Wan­ndy, had as re­cently as last Wed­nes­day, posted about a close shave with death.

He re­lated how the car he was in was show­ered with bul­lets af­ter he ac­ci­den­tally crossed into a Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK) area.

Al­though he es­caped with­out any in­juries, an­other op­er­a­tive — whose name is not known but is re­port­edly the son of Malaysian IS ji­hadist Ah­mad Sal­man Ab­dul Rahim — suf­fered bul­let wounds on the leg.

Wan­ndy also shared a few photos of the car they were in which was rid­dled with bul­let holes.

Wan­ndy first gained no­to­ri­ety when he and an­other Malaysian, Mohd Faris Anuar, ap­peared in a 30-sec­ond video show­ing the be­head­ing of a Syr­ian man by IS in 2015.

He was among the few Malaysian IS fight­ers who were active on so­cial me­dia, chan­nelling in­struc­tions to lo­cally based mil­i­tants or per­suad­ing them to join him in the war-torn Mid­dle East coun­try.

One of the post­ings which Wan­ndy ap­peared in showed him hold­ing the head of a PKK sol­dier who was de­cap­i­tated in Syria.

Wan­ndy, who used the nom de guerre Abu Hamzah Al-Fateh, had also co­or­di­nated sev­eral at­tacks and pro­vided ma­te­rial sup­port to IS fight­ers in Malaysia, in­clud­ing in the at­tack on the Movida night­club in Pu­chong in June last year.

Wan­ndy, who grew up in Jalan Bukit Tam­bun, Durian Tung­gal, Malacca, left for Syria on Jan 26, 2014, along with his wife.

Their two daugh­ters were born in the war-torn coun­try. The cou­ple re­port­edly trav­elled by train from But­ter­worth, Pe­nang to Bangkok be­fore fly­ing to Moscow and on to Istanbul be­fore mak­ing their way to Syria.

Nor Mah­mu­dah Ah­mad’s post on her hus­band’s death on her Face­book page.

Muhammad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi (in­set) had posted on Wed­nes­day about how the car he was in was show­ered with bul­lets.

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