KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — A Muslim fighter from Kedah known as “Abu Muhajir” became the latest Malaysian jihadist fighter to purportedly be killed in strife-torn Syria, after an alleged ambush in which several others were critically wounded.
“Abu Muhajir” was believed to be 21-year old Mohamad Fadlan Shah from Kulim, according to Facebook updates from fellow jihadists there and a report by Malay daily Utusan Malaysia.
“This morning on September 9, the jihadist team from Malaysia was ambushed causing the martyrdom of Abu Muhajir,” said a fighter known as “Abu Talhah” on Facebook.
The status update also claimed that former Kedah PAS member Mohd Lotfi Ariffin, who was sacked from the party for his jihadist activities, was badly injured and remained unconscious.
Meanwhile, another fighter known as “Abu Afghan” was wounded in both legs, he said.
The photos and video of “Abu Muhajir’s” burial have been shared by hundreds of supporters on social media and blogs. Some congratulated him on his “successful transaction”.
“Transaction” is an euphemism that refers to a verse in Quran detailing a “contract”, un which Muslims are offered a place in Paradise in return for fighting and dying in the cause of Allah.
“Praise be to God, my friend Abu Muhajir has succeeded in his dream to hunt for martyrdom,” said a Facebook update by fellow jihadist Akel Zainal, formerly famous for being the drummer in 90s rock band Ukays.
“Here’s hoping your transaction is received by Allah, hope you will be happy in the afterlife,” he added.
A report by Utusan today said that the jihadists were caught in an attack by a fighter jet allegedly from the army of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The report also claimed that five Malaysians were injured in the attack, including Mohd Lotfi and “Abu Afghan”.
Last month, a 52-year-old jihadist fighter, known as Mat Soh or by his nom de guerre “Abu Turab”, allegedly died from shelling in strife-torn Syria while defending the town of Arzeh with several other jihadist fighters.
According to Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin, assistant director-general of the Malaysian police counter-terrorism division, Mat Soh is believed to be Zainan Harith, who was detained for a robbery in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya in June 15, 2001.
Malaysian factory worker Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki, suspected of being a member of militant group Islamic State (IS), was believed to have been the suicide bomber who killed 25 members of an Iraqi police team in May.
In Malaysia, police intelligence warned last month that Malaysians who joined the Islamist militant group Islamic State (IS) to launch strikes in Iraq and Syria, are now training their sights on their home government and several other targets in the country.
The police said 19 suspected local militants have been arrested between April and June this year while they were on their way to Turkey and Syria for training and support from IS under the guise of “humanitarian work”.
The group was planning to establish a hardline Southeast Asian Islamic caliphate which would include Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore.
Putrajaya has designated the IS, formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as a terrorist group.