Malaysian militant killed in Marawi

Government soldiers walk past damaged buildings and houses as troops continue their assault on clearing operations against the pro-IS militant group, which seized Mapandi district in Marawi city, on Sept 13, 2017.
Government soldiers walk past damaged buildings and houses as troops continue their assault on clearing operations against the pro-IS militant group, which seized Mapandi district in Marawi city, on Sept 13, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

A Malaysian involved in the attack on Marawi City in the Philippines was killed last week, three years after he left a steady job in Selangor to become a militant.

The story of Muhammad Joraimee Awang Raimee, a former senior worker at a municipal council, reflects a worrying trend of ordinary Malaysians who would suddenly leave home and take up arms abroad, after turning to extremist ideology.

Another Malaysian who left with him to take up arms in the Philippines was former bookshop salesman Mohd Najib Husen, who was killed in December 2015 in a firefight with Filipino security forces.

A third man who left Malaysia in April 2014 with the duo was former university lecturer Mahmud Ahmad. He was one of the planners of the attack on Marawi City, where militants have been holed up for four months.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2017, with the headline 'Malaysian militant killed in Marawi'. Print Edition | Subscribe