Malaysia’s Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi described al-Batsh as ‘an electrical engineer and an expert in making rockets’ who had ‘become a liability for a country hostile to Palestine’.Al-Batsh was gunned down hours before he was due to fly to Turkey for an international conference, according to Malaysian officials.We will view the recordings of all the CCTV in the area.’The Mossad is believed to have assassinated Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, but has never confirmed such operations.Hamas has accused Mossad of assassinating one of its drone experts - Mohamed Zouari - in Tunisia in 2016, and the spy agency is also believed to have been behind the 2010 murder of top Hamas militant Mahmud al-Mabhuh in a Dubai hotel. Mr al-Batsh was a lecturer at Universiti Kuala Lumpur, specialising in power engineering, according to the university.A Palestinian in Malaysia who knew Mr al-Batsh told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the victim was also an imam at a mosque close to his residence.In recent weeks, tensions have been running high at the Gaza-Israel border as Palestinians have ramped up protests demanding the right to return to their former homeland.The Green Brigade flew the flags at Celtic's 3-0 win against Ross County on Sunday.
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Officials are looking through CCTV footage from the area in an effort to identify the killers.
Al-Batsh’s family have accused the Israeli secret service of killing the professor, who was also a member of Hamas.
In a statement released through Hamas, the family said: ‘We accuse the Mossad of being behind the assassination.’The Islamist Palestinian movement described al-Batsh as a research scientist who specialised in energy issues. The Islamist Palestinian movement said Batsh, a research scientist specialising in energy issues, was one of its members.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said one of the two suspects on a high-powered motorcycle ‘fired 10 shots, four of which hit the lecturer in the head and body. He added: ‘We believe the lecturer was their target because two other individuals walked by the place earlier unharmed.