JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian police and the brother of an Indonesian militant who was shown killing a foreigner in an Islamic State (IS) group video say he was killed last month in a battle with United States-backed forces in Syria.
National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said Monday (02/11) that Muhammad Saifuddin, who used the alias Abu Walid, was killed by shrapnel on Jan. 29, in eastern Deir Ezzor province.
Saifuddin’s older brother, Muinudinillah Basri, said the family has not received official information about Walid’s death but has seen a photo of his body and recognized him.
Saifuddin appeared in several videos on radical websites, including a 2016 video that showed him along with two other militants from Malaysia and the Philippines killing three foreigners, including Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
So, how has it done so far? Here are some facts about the terrorist.
Abu Walid was born in the village of Tempursari, Klaten, Central Java from the couple Basri and Saidah. He had studied at the Ngruki boarding school owned by Abu Bakar Baa’syir for 4 years, but did not finish it and continued his new high school education at that time in Jatibarang, Purwokerto.
The name Abu Walid entered the hardline network since the Ambon conflict in 1999. After the conflict, he was reportedly able to go to school in Saudi Arabia. Then in 2000, he was seen docked with the Jamaah Islamiyah group. Walid was also called close to Noordin M. Top, the perpetrator of the JW Marriot bomb, the Australian Embassy and the Bali Bomb II.
Abu Walid had twin brothers Muhammad Nurudin, who uses the Abu Walad, died in Ambon in 2000. In the world of terrorism, they were familiar with the term ‘Walad and Walid’.
After the Bali bomb attack in 2002, he went to the Philippines. Walid is known to go back and forth to the Philippines to establish communication with Dulmatin. In 2004, he was arrested for not having documents and possession of weapons and explosives.
He spent nine years and was released and returned to Indonesia in 2013. But after being released, he returned to disappear from circulation, allegedly leaving for Syria.
Abu Walid re-appeared through ISIS video in November 2016, the video itself was known to be taken in June 2016. In the video, he was seen with two other ISIS members from Malaysia and the Southern Philippines and in front of them were 3 hostages who knelt down.
Walid then slit and cut off the severed hostage head in front of him. The action made him the first Indonesian terrorist and until now the only one who slaughtered humans. The video is spread through the Telegram messaging application.
In 2018, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry declared Abu Walid as a global terrorist. In Indonesia, he is known as the person who became the facilitator of Harry Kuncoro, a former terrorist prisoner, to move from Indonesia to Syria. He sent Kuncoro $2,100 for travelling to Syria, advised him to travel via Iran’s Khorasan province and gave him contact numbers for Indonesian militants living in Khorasan. He had obtained a passport using a fake national identity card.
Abu Walid was reportedly killed in a battle in Syria last month. Based on the narrative of his sibling, Muinudinillah Basri, Abu Walid was killed by a shrapnel in an armed incident. The family said that they got the information from the messaging application, not from official government releases. Muinudinillah claimed not to know when exactly Abu Walid left for Syria, but he estimated that it had been three years ago.
Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org