A MALAYSIAN terrorist, responsible for attacks in Selangor and has been fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Syria, has been slapped with a sanction and placed on a terrorist watch list by the United States Department of Treasury, making him one of the world’s most wanted terrorists.
According to a report from the New Straits Times, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi has been placed under the Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) list of the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), a move that will make him a high-profile target for law enforcement agencies worldwide.
The SDGT lists people who have committed acts of terrorism, pose a significant risk of doing so, or provided support to terror groups designated under OFAC Counter Terrorism Sanctions programmes.
Wanndy, 26, has been accused of recruiting fighters and sourcing funds for the terror group, not only in Malaysia, but also channelling funds to the group in Syria.
In June, he coordinated the attack on a Movida nightclub in Selangor. According to reports, the men who carried out the attack with a hand grenade were following orders from Wanndy. The men have since been sentenced to 23 years’ jail, but Wanndy continues to evade capture.
When sentencing lorry attendant Mohd Shaifful Shahril Ramli, 29, for the crime, Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman mentioned Wanndy by name.
“Though you have not met the people in the Telegram group, including the notorious terrorist Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, the very fact that you had supported terror activities is serious,” he said, as reported by New Straits Times.
Wanndy has also been active in Syria, where sources claim he is one of the senior leaders of the Malay-speaking arm of IS Khatibah Nusantara and even works with IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a middleman in the oath-swearing process.
It is believed Wanndy operates under a pseudonym on Facebook, going by the name Abu Hamzah Al-Fateh, and has publicly ridiculed the sanction on social media, saying he would be more cautious about his movements and communications.