Palestinian lecturer shot dead on way to prayers

KUALA LUMPUR: The Embassy of Palestine here has identified the Palestinian university lecturer who was shot dead early today, as Fadi Al Batash.

The ambassador, Anwar H Al Agha, said Batash lived with his wife and three children, aged one, five and six, in an apartment at the condominium building near where he was shot.

“I was shocked at the news. Fadi was a good man who had no enemies. He was a quiet person and was good to everyone. I am surprised that this has happened,” he told reporters in Malay when approached at the scene of the incident in Jalan Meranti, Setapak.

The envoy said he left it to the authorities to investigate the case.

It is learned that Batash, who was 35, did his doctorate in engineering at Universiti Malaya before taking up the post of lecturer at a private university.

The police said he was shot dead at about 6am by two men on a high-powered motorcycle who had waited for about 20 minutes for him outside the condominium. He was shot when walking to a nearby surau for the dawn prayers.