Damascus – Three Malaysian jihadists were killed on Friday when they were targeted in an air strike. Officials have confirmed that the Malays were members of the Islamic State (ISIS).
The three expats have been identified as Zainuri Kamaruddin, Ahmad Asyraf Arbee and Sazrizal Mohd Sofian Tahyalan. They were reportedly operating out of Raqqa city –the de facto capital of the Islamic State.
Zainuri, also known as Abu Talhah, was a leading member of ISIS. In May 2016, the 50-year-old jihadists appeared in a video while burning his Malaysian passport to show he was never going to return home. He also declared war on the Malaysian government which he characterized as being an “infidel state.”
The second militant, Ahmad Asyraf, left for Syria in November 2014. The third militant, 27-year-old Sazrizal, also left for Syria in 2014.
The death of the three jihadists brings the number of Malaysian ISIS members killed in Iraq and Syria to 30, according to Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, the Deputy Director of the Malaysian Counter-Terrorism Unit.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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