M'sia's second IS-linked suicide bomber identified

M'sia's second IS-linked suicide bomber identified
Ahmad Affendi Abdull Manaff (left), 27, is believed to have driven a bomb-laden truck into a military installation in Homs, Syria, killing about 50 of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's soldiers.

KUALA LUMPUR - The second Malaysian suicide bomber who took part in a Syrian mission has been identified as Ahmad Affendi Abdull Manaff.

Ahmad Affendi, 27, is believed to have driven a bomb-laden truck into a military installation in Homs, killing about 50 of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's soldiers.

Sources revealed that bachelor Ahmad Affendi had gone to Syria on April 23 to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

It is believed that Ahmad Affendi, also known as Abu Zakaria, hailed from Tumpat in Kelantan and possessed only a Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia certificate.

Ahmad Affendi's death was disclosed by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counterterrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan.

It was reported earlier that Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki, 26, had the dubious honour of being Malaysia's first suicide bomber linked to the IS.

He was credited with blowing up 25 elite Iraqi soldiers at Iraq's SWAT headquarters in al-Anbar on May 26.

Reports state that Ahmad Tarmimi, who received militant training in Port Dickson at the end of last year, drove a military SUV filled with explosives into the SWAT headquarters, blowing himself up in the process.

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