PETALING JAYA: Abu Turob, a
Malaysian Jihadist, has reportedly died in
He is believed to be the first Malaysian killed
in the conflict pitting the army of President
Bashar al-Assad against rebels fighting to oust
Abu Turob, which is not the real name of the
was said to be fatally wounded during a clash in
Hama on Tuesday.
He succumbed to injuries on his chest and elbow
following sniper attacks and tankfire at about
2pm on Aug 19, a source close to him told The
Fondly known as Pak Long among the Malaysians
fighting in Syria, Abu Turob, 52, was reported
to have been laid to rest at a burial ground in
Three other Malaysians, known only as Abu Aisyah,
Abu Tolhah and Abu Ain, suffered injuries from
bomb explosions in Arzaa.
Former rock band drummer Akel Zainal, who is
also a member of the movement, confirmed the
remains of Abu Turob were laid to rest in Syria.
“When I first heard the news yesterday (Tuesday)
afternoon that many Malaysians were injured in
the clash and that Abu Turob might have
perished, I was hoping deep in my heart that it
was not true,” he said.
Akel, who was deployed to defend Arzeh that was
under attack, said he saw Abu Turob’s body when
he was on his way to the battlefield.
He described Abu Turob as a sunny and generous
In a related development, Wisma Putra said it
was verifying with the relevant authorities in
Syria if the report was true that a Malaysian
had died during a gunbattle between the group
and the country’s army, near Hama.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the
verification process could take several days.
“We take note of the allegation that three
Malaysians were involved in militant activities
in Syria and that one of them was said to have
died and two others injured,” he said.
Anifah added that as a peace-loving country that
practises moderation, Malaysia’s stand had
always been not to condone any form of terrorism
or extremism by any party, including its own
“Malaysians are always advised to be vigilant
and not be lured by extremist elements,” he
Source: The Star Online, 22
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