Malaysian jihadist reported dead in Syria

2014-09-15 12:42
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Kuala Lumpur - A former youth leader of a Malaysian Islamist political party died in war-torn Syria while fighting government troops, a news report said on Monday.

Mohamad Lofti Ariffin, former youth information chief of the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) in the northern state of Kedah, succumbed to injuries to his head and left arm when the rebels' base in Hama was bombed by government forces last week, The Star newspaper said.

"Doctors tried their best to save him. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after Maghrib prayers on Saturday," The Star quoted a source as saying.

Mohamad Lofti from the opposition-allied PAS was the third Malaysian jihadist to die in Syria, the newspaper added.

A police source said nearly 100 Malaysian jihadists are fighting with different rebel groups in Syria, including the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

"It's difficult to put an exact number on it because these jihadists usually go to a third country before heading to Syria," he told dpa.

Police are investigating reports that at least three Malaysian women have joined ISIS militants to provide sexual services to male fighters, the source said.

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