Zahid: 2 killed in Marawi had no re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion

New Straits Times - - News -

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,

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