Second Malaysian suicide bomber killed in Syria identified

Second Malaysian suicide bomber killed in Syria 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 - Police have released the identity of a second Malaysian suicide bomber who was killed in Syria, linked to Islamic State (IS) militants.

The militant, identified as Ahmad Affendi Abdull Manaff, 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.

Sources revealed that Ahmad Affendi, who is single, had gone to Syria on April 23 to join the IS terror group.

It is believed that the suicide bomber, also known as Abu Zakaria, hailed from Tumpat, Kelantan, and held an SPM certificate.

Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan confirmed Ahmad Affendi's death.

"Based on intelligence gathered, we confirm he died during the attack.

"We believe he carried out the attack either on Nov 8 or Nov 9," he said when contacted Monday.

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

He is said to have blown 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 tonnes of explosives into the SWAT headquarters, blowing himself up in the process.

The bombing preceded an attack on the headquarters by IS commandos.

To date, six Malaysian militants have died fighting in Syria and Iraq.

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