Third M'sian killed in Syria

Third M'sian killed in Syria
Mohd Lotfi was said to have fought for the Ajnad As Syam movement.

PETALING JAYA- Former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee Mohd Lotfi Ariffin has become the third Malaysian to die in war-torn Syria.

Sources said the Kuala Ketil-born Mohd Lotfi, 46, was severely injured on his left arm and head as missiles rained on a militant base in east Hama on Tuesday morning.

In the same attack, 21-year-old Mohammad Fadhlan Shahidi Mohammad Khir was also killed. Fadhlan was said to be the youngest Malaysian fighting in Syria.

During the attack, Syrian jet fighters and tanks fired on the militant base.

Following the attack, Mohd Lotfi, who allegedly fought for the Ajnad As Syam movement, was transported to a hospital in Hatay, Turkey.

"Doctors tried their best to save him. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after Maghrib prayers on Saturday," a source told The Star yesterday.

It is learnt that Mohd Lotfi's body will be buried in Turkey.

The other Malaysian militant killed in Syria was Zainan Harith, also known as Abu Turob, who was fatally wounded during a clash in Hama on Aug 19.

Pahang-born Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki gained notoriety as the first Malaysian suicide bomber to be killed abroad.

He reportedly drove a military SUV filled with tonnes of explosives into the Iraqi SWAT headquarters in al-Anbar, Iraq in May, blowing himself up and killing 25 elite soldiers.

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