Zahid: Ter­ror is not what Is­lam teaches us

New Straits Times - - News -

An­other Malaysian mil­i­tant has been con­firmed to have been killed in clashes with Philip­pine armed forces in Marawi City, bring­ing the death toll to three.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said Philip­pine se­cu­rity forces had iden­ti­fied two mil­i­tants killed ear­lier and were iden­ti­fy­ing the third Malaysian mil­i­tant.

“Yes, I con­firm that three Malaysian mil­i­tants have been killed, of which the first two have been iden­ti­fied and de­tails of the third Malaysian mil­i­tant will be ob­tained soon from the Philip­pine govern­ment,” Zahid said at the break­ing of fast with some 1,000 res­i­dents here yes­ter­day.

He said the three mil­i­tants had as­sim­i­lated into the 200,000 res­i­dents of Marawi City, which ex­trem­ists have used as a base to launch their strug­gle to form their so called Is­lamic Caliphate.

The three Malaysian mil­i­tants killed were among 13 mil­i­tants killed in clashes in south­ern Philip­pines in the past 10 days.

The clashes oc­curred when Philip­pine forces were hunt­ing down Abu Sayyaf leader Is­nilon Hapi­lon and the Maute group, which has ties to the Is­lamic State in Marawi, Min­danao.

Zahid re­minded ev­ery­one to be cau­tious as vi­o­lence could oc­cur any­where and any­time.

“Mil­i­tants from Marawi can flee to Sabah, and we have seen what hap­pened in Bangkok and Jakarta.”

He said all forms of ter­ror­ism com­mit­ted around the world were not done due to re­li­gious rea­sons.

He said stud­ies had shown that 87 per cent of those who com­mit acts of ter­ror did not have any for­mal train­ing or education in re­li­gion or had a strong re­li­gious back­ground.

“Most ter­ror­ists want a short­cut to heaven to es­cape what­ever prob­lems they have, such as fi­nan­cial or fam­ily prob­lems.

“They learn to make bombs from the In­ter­net and plough trucks into crowds.

“That is not what Is­lam teaches us.”

HAQIM ROSMAN PIC BY IQMAL

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi greet­ing Home Min­istry staff and their fam­i­lies, as well as mem­bers of the pub­lic, dur­ing a min­istry event at Masjid Hus­sain in Seremban yes­ter­day. With him is Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamad Hasan (left).

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