Sunday, April 18

Body of Malaysian shot dead in Philippines buried

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PONTIAN: The body of a Malaysian militant who was shot dead in Davao, Philippines on Friday was buried at the Kampung Parit Haji Abdul Rahman Muslim Cemetery, in Benut here yesterday morning.

The remains of Mohd Noor Fikrie Abd Kahar, 26, were buried at about 7am, attended by almost 100 relatives and friends during a light drizzle.

The body had arrived at the Masjid Jamek Temenggong Daeng Abdul Rahman, Benut at about 5.30am.

Mohd Noor Fikrie’s body was flown from Davao at about 9pm yesterday night and arrived at the KL International Airport at about 1am.

Meanwhile Mohd Noor Fikrie’s father, Abd Kahar Sirun, 53, thanked the Malaysian government for having made arrangements to bring back the body of the eldest of his four children.

The media had previously reported that Mohd Noor Fikrie was shot dead by Philippine police at a hotel in Davao last Friday, after struggling with the police who wanted to check the sling bag containing a home-made bomb carried by his wife.

Meanwhile in Putrajaya, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein reminded Malaysians that the recruitment of individuals to join militant groups could be carried out in various ways including through the internet especially the websites or blogs.

“Malaysians are reminded to be wary always and to find out about the movements of members of their family so that they will not be influenced or duped by any militant ideology to support violence.

“We must take the incident that struck Mohd Noor Fikrie and his family as a lesson so that it will not happen to individuals whom we love,” he said in a statement, here yesterday. — Bernama