Published: 2018-04-21 12:07
Last Updated: 2018-04-21 16:02
Palestinian engineering lecturer Fadi al-Batsh, 35, was killed early Saturday in the Malaysian capital, according to the Malaysian police.
The police said that al-Batsh was heading to a mosque near his home in Kuala Lumpur to perform dawn prayers, when two people riding a motorcycle fired ten bullets at him, one of which hit him in the head.
“Preliminary investigations found four gunshot wounds on the victim’s body. Two bullet slugs were found at the scene of the incident,” Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said in a statement.
Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister said "the suspects were believed to be linked to a foreign intelligence service," according to Reuters.
The deceased's family has accused Israel of killing their son, and has called on the Malaysian police to chase after the killers and bring them to justice.
The Islamic group Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, has condemned the killing and announced al-Batsh as was one of their own.
Hamas has been running the Gaza strip since 2007, after a battle with its rival the Fatah Party. Since then, Israel has imposed a restricted siege on Gaza, and waged three violent military offensives against the coastal enclave.
According to Universiti Kuala Lumpur, al-Batsh, who was a professor there, specialized in power engineering.