The scholar Fadi al-Batsh has been shot dead by two assailants in the Malaysian capital

Fadi al-Batsh, a 35-year-old Palestinian academic, was instantly killed by the unknown gunmen

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The 35-year-old Palestinian academic and the member of Hamas,Fadi al-Batsh was instantly killed by the unknown gunmen in a residential neighbourhood of the capital on Saturday.

The Palestinian scholar has been shot dead by two assailants in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers, local police said.

According to police chief Datuk Seri Mansor Lazim, the two attackers had waited for al-Batsh in front of a residential building in Setapak district for almost 20 minutes, and fired at least 10 bullets, four of which instantly killed him.

Al-Batsh’s father told Al Jazeera that he accuses Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, of being behind his son’s killing and called on the Malaysian authorities to look into who carried out the “assassination” as soon as possible.

In a statement on Twitter, Hamas described al-Batsh as a “young Palestinian scholar” from Jabalia in the Gaza Strip. It called al-Batsh a “martyr” and said he was a “distinguished scientist who has widely contributed to the energy sector”.

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