Zahid: 2 killed in Marawi had no religious education
KUALA LUMPUR: The two Malaysians who were killed in a clash between Islamic State (IS) militants and the Philippine security forces in Mindanao did not possess true Islamic education.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the two had, instead, sought a short-cut to heaven by committing the so-called act of jihad.
“They did not have any Islamic education, but they wanted to be martyrs,” he said when launching a Quran learning and recital programme at Masjid Al Hidayah in Kampung Sungai Penchala here yesterday.
Two Malaysians were believed to be among 13 militants killed in the clash in southern Philippines.
The clash occurred when the Philippine forces were hunting down Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute group — who have ties with IS — in Marawi.
Zahid said those who did not understand the Quran were more inclined to engage in terrorism,