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Kuala Lumpur police: Killing of al-Batsh an ‘international issue’

Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur’s chief of police says the killing of a Palestinian academic in the Malaysian capital is an “international issue” that is being investigated from all angles.
Malaysian authorities said an autopsy was carried out Sunday morning on the body of Hamas member Fadi al-Batsh, a day after the drive-by shooting that Hamas and the victim’s family blamed on Israel.
“We are investigating all angles. I have to investigate very carefully and deeply. This is an international issue,” police chief Mazlan Lazim said.
Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement said al-Batsh was an important member of the organisation, accusing Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency of being behind the killing.
Calling him a “loyal” member, Hamas said al-Batsh was a “scientist of Palestine’s youth scholars” who made “important contributions” and participated in international forums in the field of energy.
The group initially stopped short of blaming Israel, saying only that he had been “assassinated by the hand of treachery”.
However, its top leader later accused the Mossad of killing him and threatened retaliation.

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