Suspects in 'professional' killing of Palestinian lecturer still in Malaysia, police say

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Police in Malaysia have released images of two men who shot and killed a Palestinian academic, a murder that has been blamed on the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.

National police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said that the motorbike allegedly used by the assailants had been found in the Setapak area of Kuala Lumpur.

On an allegation that the police had arrested a prime suspect in the case, which had also gone viral, Mohamad Fuzi said it was not true at all.

"Right now, we believe they are still in the country and hope that anyone, who has information on these two to alert the police", he said.

"We will not release any statement (on it)", he said.

The second Royal Malaysia Police handout of a computer-generated mugshot shows the second man suspected of gunning down a Palestinian man in Kuala Lumpur released April 23, 2018.

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On Sunday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman had said Israel was asking the Egyptian government not to allow Batsh's body to be returned to his family in the Gaza Strip until Hamas returns to Israel the bodies of two IDF soldiers, as well as two mentally ill Israeli citizens. The body is expected to arrive in Gaza on Thursday.

Malaysia has no diplomatic relations with Israel. Due to its support for the Palestinian struggle, Malaysia does not have diplomatic ties with Israel. "But we will take an optimistic point of view and be confident that we will", Ahmad Zahid said. "They target Palestinians who have certain expertise so that they can quell the possibility of an intifada happening there before it can even begin".

Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel's destruction, described Al Batch as a "commander" in its military wing and accused Israel of assassinating him.

It said Al Batsh had a doctorate in electrical engineering and power electronics from the University of Malaya and received his master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza, an independent school in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Israel's use of live fire, killing at least 35 Palestinians, has drawn global criticism.

The incidents come against the backdrop of violent protests organized by Hamas at the Gaza border fence in which 40 Gazans have been killed by Israeli troops since March 30, according to the Gaza health ministry. But later its top leader accused Mossad of killing al-Batsh and threatened retaliation.