PETALING JAYA: Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, the Islamic State (IS) terror group’s principal coordinator for Malaysia, is said to have died following a drone attack in the Raqqa district of Syria.
According to a report in the New Straits Times, an announcement of the 27-year-old’s demise in the small town of Ma’adan was apparently made by his wife Nor Mahmudah Ahmad on her Facebook page on Saturday.
“My dear fighter, finally it’s your time to go,” she was quoted as saying in the posting.
“I will remain here and take care of the responsibilities you have left behind… Although my heart has not been as strong as I expected, I accept it as fate.”
The report also cited sources involved in monitoring Malaysians fighting alongside the IS in Syria as saying that the accuracy of the information given was still being substantiated.
The source reportedly said it could be a ploy to mislead people into thinking Wanndy was no longer alive, and also claimed that the style of writing in the posting did not match that of his wife’s.
Wanndy, who hails from Durian Tunggal in Malacca, had recently posted on Facebook grave accounts of his personal experiences with violent confrontations in Syria, especially with enemy fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The NST report said one of the postings which he appeared in, showed him holding the head of a PKK soldier who was decapitated.
Wanndy has been listed by the US as a high-profile target for law enforcement agencies worldwide.
He was reportedly linked to the bombing of the Movida club in Puchong on June 28 last year, said to be the first attack by IS in Malaysia.
The police named him as the man who gave orders to carry out the attack. Eight people watching a European football match at 2.15am at the pub were injured.
However, Wanndy was quoted by Astro Awani in July as saying he did not issue instructions to the two men arrested in connection with the blast.
He nevertheless vowed to avenge those who have been “persecuted” by Malaysian authorities, by launching large-scale attacks here.
Earlier this year, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed a sanction on him and his Indonesian comrade Muhammad Bahrun Naik Anggih Tamtomo.
The NST had earlier reported that Wanndy was wanted under the Specially Designated Global Terrorists list (SDGT) alongside the world’s most notorious terrorists.
He had been sourcing funding and providing operational support for the terror group, apart from recruiting fighters.
On April 22, a report in Channel News Asia quoted a businessman whose daughter is also with IS in Syria as saying that Wanndy worked there as a guard and was not a fighter.
He claimed that Wanndy was more active on the Internet for the IS than on the ground.
On April 26, The Star reported that IS chiefs were losing faith in Wanndy’s ability to extend the terror network’s reach to Malaysia via recruitment and attacks.
It cited intelligence sources as saying that he had been given until the end of the year to fulfil certain goals, failing which he risked being stripped of his stature as the IS’ Malaysian leader.