Hunt for IS militant Mohamad Wanndy intensifies

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  • Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The hunt for notorious Islamic State (IS) militant Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi will be further intensified following his inclusion in the global terror watch list, says Comm Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

The Bukit Aman Special Branch department director said the Royal Malaysia Police, especially the Coun­ter Terrorism Division will work closely with their American counterparts in hunting Muhammad Wanndy.

“He (Muhammad Wanndy) has been the mastermind behind several terror plots in Malaysia, including the bombing at the Movida nightclub.

“He has also been actively recruiting more Malaysian militants for IS. This inclusion in the global watch list will definitely boost efforts to hunt him down,” he said yesterday.

While Muhammad Wanndy's inclusion in the watch list by US authorities was welcomed, Comm Mohamad Fuzi said Bukit Aman had already placed him in its own wanted list for the past two years.

“We are aware of the crucial role Muhammad Wanndy has played in attempting to launch attacks on home soil despite being in Syria,” he said.

“Currently, he is one of the most influential Malaysian militants in IS.”

The Star reported last year that Muhammad Wanndy was high on Bukit Aman’s wanted list, having spearheaded more than three terror plots in Malaysia.

However, the Counter Terrorism Division has been vigilant and alert in quelling his plans for terror attacks in the country.

Sources said that while Muhammad Wanndy was the “puppet master” behind terror activities in Malaysia, he had amassed at least RM100,000 within a short time to settle personal debts and cover his expenses in Syria.

“The militant from Durian Tunggal is content with issuing orders for followers to execute attacks, including suicide bomb attacks, without getting his own hands dirty,” a source said.

On a separate matter, Comm Mohamad Fuzi said actions taken against Siti Noor Aishah Atam, 30, was justified. She is in Kajang Prison after the Court of Appeal reversed her acquittal over charges of having 12 publications relating to terrorism.

She was a Kolej Universiti Insaniah (Kedah) graduate who was continuing her Masters in Islamic Studies at Universiti Malaya when she was arrested in March last year under Sosma for having books on Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda.

On Sept 29 last year, she was acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court but was re-arrested under the Prevention of Crime Act for allegedly importing IS flags into the country.

“We will not compromise against IS militants as well as sympathisers and supporters. We have enough credible evidence,” Comm Mohamad Fuzi said.

“Safety and security is our priority,” he said, in dismissing allegations by the Terengganu native’s family over miscarriage of justice in Siti Noor Aishah’s case.

“We also discovered that she was a student of wanted fugitive militant Dr Mahmud Ahmad, who has fled to southern Philippines.

“We won’t take such drastic action if the evidence is not sufficient,” he said.

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