GOVT NOT BRING­ING BACK BODY OF I.S. MIL­I­TANT WAN­NDY, SAYS DPM

His fam­ily can make ar­range­ments with au­thor­i­ties in Syria, says DPM

New Straits Times - - Front Page -

SYD­NEY

THE govern­ment has no in­ten­tion of bring­ing back the body of Malaysian Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tant Muham­mad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi, who was killed in Syria, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi here yes­ter­day.

He said, how­ever, Wan­ndy’s fam­ily could do so by mak­ing ar­range­ments with the au­thor­i­ties in Syria.

“The govern­ment was in­formed by in­ter­na­tional in­tel­li­gence of the death of Wan­ndy in a drone at­tack. It has no in­ten­tion to make ar­range­ments to bring back the body,” he told Bernama.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, was speak­ing to Malaysian jour­nal­ists here. He is on a three-day visit to Aus­tralia from Sun­day.

Wan­ndy was re­port­edly killed in an at­tack in Raqqa, Syria, on April 29.

The New Straits Times re­ported his death on May 1.

Wan­ndy’s wife, Nor Mah­mu­dah Ah­mad, 28, who is still in Syria, had posted about his death on Face­book on the day he died.

It was learnt that his com­rade, whose na­tion­al­ity is un­known, was also killed in the at­tack.

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

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

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

Wan­ndy’s and Nor Mah­mu­dah’s two daugh­ters were born in the war-torn coun­try.

The cou­ple trav­elled by train from But­ter­worth, Pe­nang, to Bangkok be­fore fly­ing to Moscow and on to Is­tan­bul be­fore mak­ing their way to Syria.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar con­firmed the NST re­port in a Twit­ter mes­sage on Mon­day. Bernama

BERNAMA PIC

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi be­ing greeted by New South Wales Gover­nor Gen­eral David Hur­ley in Syd­ney yes­ter­day.

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