As part of their investigation into the alleged assassination of a Hamas drone expert, the Malaysian police have released facial composites of two suspects. Both are light-skinned and bearded men who are about 1.80 meters tall. The police have asked for the public’s help in locating them.
The two suspects Photo Credit: Malaysian police
Malaysian police released on Monday computer-generated facial composites of the two men suspected of fatally shooting Dr. Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, a Hamas drone expert, over the weekend in Kuala Lumpur. Both Hamas and the Palestinian engineer’s family have claimed that the shooting was an Israeli Mossad assassination.
Police chief Mohamad Fuzi Bin Harun said that the images show that the suspects are “light-skinned, which likely means they’re European or Middle Eastern.” He also stated that both have beards and are about 1.80 meters (5.9 feet) tall. The facial composites are based on descriptions given by eye-witnesses, Bin Harun added.
Over 10 bullets were recovered during the autopsy conducted on Batsh’s body. Bin Harun stated that the bullets and the evidence collected from the scene will be transferred to specialists who will help determine what weapons the suspects used. Yesterday, the Malaysian authorities asked for the public’s help in locating the two suspects.
مجهولون يغتالون الأكاديمي الفلسطيني والمحاضر الجامعي د. فادي محمد البطش من جباليا شمال قطاع غزة، أثناء توجهه لأداء صلاة الفجر في مدينة “جومباك” شمال العاصمة الماليزية كوالالمبور pic.twitter.com/MfjW6ZdRHH
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Also on Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman commented on the Hamas member’s death and the claim that Israel was responsible for it during an interview with Army Radio. “They are always blaming us for these things. With the same accuracy rate of their claims, it would be possible to also blame James Bond,” he stated. “We don’t need to comment on every remark made by [Hamas leader Ismail] Haniyeh. We are focusing on what’s happening along our borders. Anyway, Hamas is trying to carry out time after time attacks abroad but fails.”
“We don’t allow the bodies of Hamas terrorists to enter the Gaza Strip,” Liberman said when he was asked about the possibility of Batsh being buried in the coastal enclave. “We won’t allow the transfer of the engineer’s body from Malaysia to Gaza for a burial. However, if they try to transfer it through Egypt and the Rafah Border Crossing, then we won’t have any control over the matter, even though yesterday evening we conveyed our position through the acceptable channels.”
Yesterday, Haniyeh claimed that Batsh’s death proves that the fight against Israel has expanded to new territories. “The enemy certainly has an open account with the Palestinian people,” Haniyeh alleged. “[The enemy] has made scientists, students and activists from all the movements targets.”
Batash, 35, was an expert in alternative energy and unmanned aircraft systems. He was reportedly shot by masked gunmen at 6 a.m. (local time) while on his way to prayers at a mosque. For the past decade, he had been living in Malaysia, where he worked as a teacher at a private university and was active in a Malaysian charity for Palestinian welfare.