Malaysian teen in Syria is now pining for mum

Malaysian teen in Syria is now pining for mum

PETALING JAYA - After taking up arms in Syria five months ago, Malaysian teenager Hidayat Azman is now pining for his mother.

Hidayat, also known as Abu Islam, who just turned 19 three weeks ago, posted on Saturday, "I miss u mum….love u forever" on his Facebook together with a photograph showing his lonely existence in a barren land.

Hidayat, who went to a pondok school in mainland Penang before briefly continuing his studies in Egypt, claimed he went to Syria last year with his mother's blessing.

Hidayat said he also missed Malaysia, as he was thrown into a whole different world at a time when he was just learning the meaning of life.

He appeared to have been influenced to join the militants three years ago by a Facebook friend.

Hidayat said he was aware that police were monitoring their activities based on their Facebook postings.

Bukit Aman special branch counter terrorism division principal assistant director SAC Ayob Khan Mydin when contacted said although some militants may display a softer side, they are still very dangerous and have the potential to be suicide bombers.

"Those who come across potential militants via social media should alert us so that we can stop them before they make the fatal mistake of joining any militant group.

"We can counsel them and stop them from going overseas to do so. But once they have entered the world of the militants, it is too late to help them," he added.

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