Malaysian militant shot to death in Philippines

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PUTRAJAYA  –   The Home Ministry Monday confirmed that Mohd Noor Fikrie Abd Kahar, 26, a Malaysian whom police shot dead in Davao, the Philippines, last Friday, was a member of a militant group.

Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the man, who hailed from Malacca, was detected to have entered the southern Philippines last April and had learnt how to make bombs there.

He said the family of Mohd Noor Fikrie had sought the Malaysian government’s assistance to bring his body home, and that he had instructed the police to arrange for the remains to be brought back to the country immediately for burial.

“Fikrie’s next-of-kin and several of our officers will go to Davao to arrange for the body to be brought back soon,” he said in a statement here.

Hishammuddin said the Malaysian government viewed with grave concern subversive activities and threats of militant and terrorist groups because they could undermine a country’s peace and security.

“In this matter, we always cooperate closely with the security authorities of other countries in ensuring the security of our country and the region,” he said.

It was reported that Mohd Noor Fikrie was shot dead by the Philippine police at a hotel in Davao last Friday after a struggle with policemen who had wanted to examine a backpack carried by his wife which was later found to contain a home-made bomb. – Bernama