Malaysia releases photo of 1 assailant in Palestinian murder

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Malaysia Inspector General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the computer-generated sketches were based on witnesses' description of the shooters who were seen on security video waiting for the victim for nearly 20 minutes outside a residential complex.

"Following the discovery of the motorcycle near Tasik Danau Kota, we manage to obtain this photograph of one of the suspects".

Police today released the actual picture of one of the suspects wanted for the murder of Palestinian lecturer Dr Fadi M R Albatsh on Saturday.

The high-performance motorcycle bearing the registration number BKJ 413 was found by the police yesterday in Danau Kota, Setapak approximately 2km from the scene where he was waylaid by the two men.

"We cant close off our exits and we don't have any other information apart from the photofit".

The police said the suspects could be from the Middle East or Europe and are well-built.

Israeli media reports say Mossad may have killed Batsh over his work on drones for Hamas.

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Zahid said he suspected foreign intelligence could have been responsible for the killing but did not provide any evidence to support his claim.

Israel, which has dismissed claims that the country's spy agency was behind Batash's killing, had requested that Egypt block the return of al-Batash's body to Gaza as government ministers called for the bodies of fallen IDF soldiers and captive civilians held by Hamas to be returned to Israel before al-Batash's remains were allowed into the Strip for burial.

And while the government was always monitoring foreign agents, Ahmad Zahid said this was sometimes made hard when they use passports which have diplomatic relations with Malaysia. "They target Palestinians who have certain expertise so that they can quell the possibility of an intifada happening there before it can even begin".

Hamas accused Israel of assassinating him.

Hamas, the terrorist organization that exercises complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip blamed Israel for killing Fadi al-Batsh, who was described by the terrorist group's leader, Ismail Haniyeh, as a member of Hamas with "an honorable reputation in science".

Israel's use of live fire, killing at least 35 Palestinians, has drawn global criticism.

The two were spotted while trying to cross a security fence on Gaza border into Israel, military spokesman Avichay Adraei said in a statement.