Malaysian police issue images of Hamas scientist Fadi al-Batsh's motorcycle assassins

Malaysian police issue images of Hamas scientist Fadi al-Batsh's motorcycle assassins

Malaysian police issue images of Hamas scientist Fadi al-Batsh's motorcycle assassins

Mossad is believed to have assassinated Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, but rarely confirms such operations.

Malaysian police released on Monday computer-generated images of two men suspected of killing al-Batsh outside his complex the capital.

Anwar al-Agha said on Tuesday that Egypt agreed to allow the body of Hamas-affiliated Fadi al-Batsh to be returned through its border with Gaza. "We are still investigating the background information of the other suspect", he told reporters at a press conference in relation to the investigation at Bukit Aman police headquarters here today.

The suspects, who wore black leather jackets, were described as well built, fair-skinned, bearded and of European or Middle Eastern appearance.

The police chief said investigators narrowed down the type of motorcycle used by the suspects to either a BMW GS or a Kawasaki Versys.

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

They escaped on high-powered motorcycles from a residential area in Kuala Lumpur, after shooting Fadi al-Batsh, 35, a Palestinian scientist who was said by Israel to have helped the militant organisation Hamas to design rockets.

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But the government ruled out any major security breach, adding that an investigation had been launched into the incident. Saudi's King Salman was not in a palace at the time of the attack, according to a senior official cited by Reuters .

Al-Batsh's body was released to his family on Wednesday and taken to a surau, or Islamic assembly building, where dozens of people mourned his death at a funeral ceremony.

On Monday, Malaysian police published two sketches of the suspects behind the lecturer's assassination. But later its top leader accused Mossad of killing al-Batsh and threatened retaliation.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Saturday the suspects were believed to be Europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency.

A hail of bullets rang out moments later, killing the Palestinian on the spot.

Israel's defence minister Avigdor Lieberman had appealed to Egypt to refuse the Palestinian request. Maybe in two to three days.

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.

Malaysian officials have in recent years denied allegations by Israeli security services that Hamas operatives were training on Malaysian soil to carry out military operations against Israel.

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