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Hamas arrests suspect in 2018 killing of academic in KL

Interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Buzom says the suspect confessed to being recruited by Mossad.

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with the 2018 killing of a Palestinian academic in Malaysia, Anadolu Agency reported the Hamas-run interior ministry as saying on Sunday.

In April 2018, Fadi al-Batsh, a research engineer thought to be linked to Hamas, was gunned down near his home in Kuala Lumpur by two gunmen who fled the scene.

While his family accused Israeli spy agency Mossad of having carried out the assassination, then-Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman denied Israel’s involvement in the killing.

Interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Buzom told a press conference in Gaza City that the suspect had confessed to being recruited by Mossad.

Israeli media had described al-Batsh as “a Hamas engineer and an expert in drone-making”, hinting at the possibility that Mossad had played a role in his death.

Israel is widely believed to have killed numerous Palestinian activists in the past, many of them overseas, the report said.

In 1997, Mossad agents tried – and failed – to kill Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal in Jordan by spraying poison into his ear.

Mossad is also believed to have been behind the assassination in 2010 of top Hamas commander Mahmud al-Mabhuh at a Dubai hotel.

Israel has never confirmed or denied its involvement in Mabhuh’s murder, it added.

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