US slaps sanction on Malaysian terrorist

Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi is reportedly helping ISIS with operational support and funds.
Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi is reportedly helping ISIS with operational support and funds.PHOTO: ABU HAMZAH AL-FATEH / FACEBOOK

KUALA LUMPUR • The United States Treasury has imposed a sanction on a Malaysian terrorist high on the local police's wanted list, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi.

He has been recruiting fighters and sourcing funds for terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), New Straits Times (NST) reported yesterday, and was also behind the men who attacked a nightspot in Selangor last June.

Wanndy is now under the Specially Designated Global Terrorist of the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), putting him high on the most-wanted list of Malaysian terrorists.

The Specially Designated Global Terrorist lists individuals who have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism, or provided support to terror groups designated under OFAC Counter Terrorism Sanctions programmes.

Wanndy, 26, is reportedly involved in funding and providing operational support for ISIS and channelling support to the group in Syria.

Going by the name Abu Hamzah Al-Fateh on Facebook, Wanndy ridiculed the sanction, but said he would be more cautious about his movements and communications, NST said.

He had coordinated attacks and provided material support to two ISIS fighters in Malaysia that included launching a grenade attack on the Movida nightclub in Puchong, Selangor.

Sources dealing with Malaysian fighters in Syria told NST that Wanndy is one of the senior leaders of ISIS' Malay-speaking arm Katibah Nusantara.

He has been facilitating the swearing-of-loyalty oaths by Malaysians for ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which can now be done via social media applications.

The US Treasury's list has two other Malaysians, Yazid Sufaat and Zulkifli Hir, NST said. Yazid is a security detainee in Malaysia and Zulkifli is believed to have been killed in the Philippines in 2015.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2017, with the headline 'US slaps sanction on Malaysian terrorist'. Subscribe