Israel denies killing Palestinian scientist in Malaysia

PAS has condemned the killing of Dr Fadi M. Albatsh a Palestinian imam who was also a lecturer at the University of Kuala Lumpur. Pic by NSTP  EMAIL

PAS has condemned the killing of Dr Fadi M. Albatsh a Palestinian imam who was also a lecturer at the University of Kuala Lumpur. Pic by NSTP EMAIL

Dr. Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, a Hamas member who was an expert in alternative energy and unmanned aircraft systems, was shot and killed on Saturday.

A hospital post-mortem report showed Al Batsh, 35, was shot 14 times in his body and head, Fuzi told reporters, adding the suspects fired at least 20 rounds.

The pair ambushed their victim at 6am on Saturday as he walked the 300 metres from his home to the local mosque, where he was to lead morning prayers.

The photographs of the suspects are based on descriptions by witnesses, police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun told reporters.

Police have said al-Batsh had lived in Malaysia for more than seven years and was a permanent resident of the country.

Occupation authorities say that they were built "without permits" from the military, while zoning only one percent of Area C for the building of educational facilities, according to the press release.

Batsh's expertise in making weapons could have made him a target - militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza regularly fire rockets at southern Israel, usually without causing casualties.

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Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi earlier said: "the government was always monitoring foreign agents, but this was sometimes made hard when they use passports which have diplomatic relations with Malaysia".

The Mossad has been accused in the past of eliminating figures who supplied Palestinian and Lebanese terror groups with advanced technology, as well as of assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that when Al Batsh's family and dozens of others gathered in Gaza on Sunday, a sign outside a tent read: "Qassam Brigades mourns its martyred leader".

Batsh was a lecturer at University of Kuala Lumpur, specialising in power engineering, according to the university.

A hail of bullets rang out moments later, killing the Palestinian on the spot.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was likely that he was killed as part of an internal Palestinian dispute. Maybe in two to three days.

A string of Israeli officials would neither confirm nor deny whether Israel had a hand in his death.

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