IGP confirms death of IS leader Muhammad Wanndy


PETALING JAYA: Police have confirmed the death in Syria of Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, the Islamic State (IS) terror group’s principal coordinator for Malaysia.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar today said intelligence gathered by the agency had verified that the 27 year old, who is on the United States’ most wanted list for involvement in funding and providing operational support for IS, was killed during an attack.

“After examining the intelligence that has been obtained, the Royal Malaysia Police now confirms that Muhamad Wandy (sic) was killed in an attack in Raqqa, Syria, on April 29, 2017,” he said in a Facebook posting.

Wanndy’s death in the small town of Ma’adan in Raqqa district was first reported following an announcement apparently made by his wife, Nor Mahmudah Ahmad, on her Facebook page on April 29.

“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.”

However, security officials were later quoted as wondering if he had staged his own death to avoid detection since he was wanted.

Wanndy, from Durian Tunggal in Malacca, left for Syria in 2014 with Nor.

He was reportedly linked to the grenade attack on 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 club 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 had been “persecuted” by Malaysian authorities, by launching large-scale attacks here.

On April 26, The Star had reported that Wanndy had been given until the end of the year to prove himself as he had failed to carry out attacks in Malaysia as planned.

It quoted sources as saying that several Malaysian and Indonesian militants were unhappy with him for using up donations of sympathisers, and that he had been on the run for two weeks.