Freelance jihadist fights for his cause

Freelance jihadist fights for his cause
Ready for battle: Ahmad Salman in Syria. The photo was taken from his Facebook page.

PETALING JAYA - The group behind the militant attacks and suicide bombings in Syria has captivated more foreign fighters, including Malaysians who called themselves "freelance jihadists".

"We move alone. We live alone. We acquire our own weapons. We are not aligned to any group," said Ahmad Salman Abdul Rahim, 38, who was in the film-making business and furthered his studies in London from 1997 to 2008 before giving it all up to become a jihadist.

Despite reports linking Malaysian militants to groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), he stressed that they were fighting independently.

Ahmad Salman considers himself a "freelance jihadist", claiming he had no links to any terror cells in Malaysia or overseas.

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