Another Malaysian jihadist fighting in Syria reportedly killed in strike

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Another Malaysian jihadist fighting in Syria has reportedly been killed during an ambush in the war-torn nation.

Abu Muhajir, 21, whose real name is Mohd Fadhlan Shahidi, was allegedly killed in an early morning strike on Tuesday while several of his group, including fellow Malaysian fighter Ustaz Mohd Lotfi Ariffin were critically wounded.

News of Fadhlan's death was shared on the 'Pencinta Syahid' (Lovers of Martyrdom) Facebook page. "Abu Muhajir, one of the Malaysian jihadists, has had his deeds weighed by God," reads a status update in Malay on the group's page on Wednesday. "God willing, he will be a martyr."

Fadhlan, who is said to be from Kulim, Kedah, left for Syria several months ago and is said to be the youngest Malaysian jihadist fighting there. His Facebook page shows his last update was on Aug 23.

In May, suicide bomber Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki became the first Malaysian jihadist to be killed when he rammed a vehicle full of explosives into a police headquarters in Iraq, killing 25 police personnel.

Last month, a Malaysian Muslim fighter knows as Mat Soh was purportedly killed while defending an attack in the town of Arzeh, Syria.