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Stop young men from going to Syria, says mother of Malaysian militant

Published on Jun 27, 2014 12:08 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - The mother of a 22-year-old Malaysian who is believed to have joined militants fighting President Bashar Al-Assad's government in Syria has urged the Malaysian government to do more to prevent more young men from going to Syria.

"He does not fully understand jihad. He was eager and strongly influenced by these people," Ms Rozini Talib told the New Straits Times in an interview, saying that her son had left the country with Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki, 26, believed to be Malaysia's first suicide bomber linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Ms Rozini, a 49-year-old housewife, said her son had assumed the name Salman Al Farisi had last been in touch with the family on Father's Day on June 15. She said she did not know which jihadist group her son was affiliated with or who his contacts were.

She did not want to reveal his real name in the interview but referred to Salman as "Along" (a term used in Malay families to refer to the eldest child), and, occasionally, Syafiq.

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