IGP: Police not convinced by FB posting on Malaysian IS operative's death just yet

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: The death of Malaysian IS operative Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, allegedly killed in a drone attack in Syria on Saturday, is still being verified as it is deemed ‘suspicious’.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said there are other reasons for the doubt, and not solely because of the dubious Facebook posting on his alleged death, posted by Muhammad Wanndy's wife.

"It is deemed suspicious as there are other reasons that may have led him to stage his death. We know that he has other reasons (for doing so) but let us investigate.

"We have interviewed Muhammad Wanndy's family in Malacca. They, too, have received information on his death.

"But we still have our doubts," said Khalid, declining to elaborate further.

Khalid was addressing a press conference held at the Shah Alam Hospital today. His visit to the hospital was to mark the 210th Police Day celebrations.

Wanndy had been placed on the United States' Specially Designated Global Terrorists list (SDGT), alongside the world’s most notorious terrorists.

He was known for his role in sourcing funding and providing operational support for the Islamic State, and had also been entrusted with recruiting fighters for the IS cause.

Wanndy is also believed to have coordinated efforts to initiate IS attacks in Malaysia, including one at a nightclub in Puchong in June last year.