Malaysia releases new suspect photo in Hamas engineer murder

Lecturer Fadi al Batash was gunned down while on his way for prayers in Setapak on Saturday

Lecturer Fadi al Batash was gunned down while on his way for prayers in Setapak on Saturday

Malaysian police said Wednesday that they believe the two men suspected of gunning down a Hamas-affiliated engineer in Kuala Lumpur are still in the country, as they released a new image of one of the suspects.

National police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said that the motorbike allegedly used by the assailants had been found in the Setapak area of Kuala Lumpur.

On Saturday, Palestinian lecturer Fadi al-Batsh, 35, was gunned down as he was walking to a mosque near his home to lead dawn prayers.

Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh's corpse was set to be flown to Egypt later in the day before being transported on to Gaza for burial.

The suspects were believed to have entered Malaysia sometime in late January, but it was not known what nationalities they were or where they had traveled from, said Mohamad Fuzi.

The pictures show two light-skinned, bearded men, one of whom was wearing glasses and a white and black helmet.

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Yasser Murtaja, a Palestinian cameraman, was killed three weeks ago also while covering the six-week rallies and protests organized in the Gaza Strip between the eastern areas of the coastal enclave and Israel.

On Sunday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman had said Israel was asking the Egyptian government not to allow Batsh's body to be returned to his family in the Gaza Strip until Hamas returns to Israel the bodies of two IDF soldiers, as well as two mentally ill Israeli citizens.

Two Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israel were pronounced dead Monday, a Gaza official said, bringing the toll from Israeli fire since March 30 to 40.

However, Israel had issued a statement denying its involvement.

Israel has dismissed claims that the country's spy agency was behind Batash's killing, suggesting instead that his killing was a "settling of accounts" between sparring terrorist factions.

Reports also say Batsh was an electrical engineering lecturer at a Malaysian university.

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