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Published On: Sat, Oct 21st, 2017

Malaysian Dr. Mahmud Ahmad turned ISIS militant killed in the Philippines

nsnbc : Malaysian lecturer Mahmud Ahmad who quit teaching to fight with ISIS in Marawi City in the Philippines has reportedly been killed. Mahmus Ahmad has also been in fighting in Syria before and many analysts believed he would step into the shoes of Isnilon Hapilon, a Philippine militant leader who also was killed.

Mahmud Ahmad Mahmud_ISIS_Malaysia_Philippines_Syria_(archives)Local Philippine intelligence sources reported that Mahmud Ahmad, the Malaysian lecturer who became an Islamic State militant, has been killed in the Philippines. nsnbc international could not independently verify the claim but several local media also report that he was killed. His body, however, has not yet been found and no DNA evidence has been provided either.

Dr. Mahmud Ahmad Mahmud, a Malaysian university lecturer holding a doctorate in religious studies, was among several foreign fighters who joined the Marawi City siege in the Philippines.

Mahmud allegedly helped facilitate the transfer of funds from ISIS in Syria through Indonesia to the Philippines for the purpose of funding the May 23 attack on Marawi city. The transactions were reportedly discussed through an encrypted messaging app and the money was transferred via Western Union Money Transfer.

Isnilon Hapilon

Isnilon Hapilon

There were claims that Mahmud was to be the next ISIS leader in the region after the death of Isnilon Hapilon. Mahmud reportedly led fellow militants to Marawi City in order to rescue Isnilon but was unsuccessful and instead got himself killed.

Mahmud was one of the leaders of Katibah Nusantra, an ISIS combat unit in Syria consisting mostly of fighters from Southeast Asia, and which funded the Marawi attack, according to the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict.

It is worth noting that Malaysian Syria volunteers were among the first to be linked to chemical weapons in Syria. The Marawi siege began on May 23 when hundreds of militants led by Isnilon Hapilon stormed the city and held it for months.

CH/L – nsnbc 2.10.2017

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