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Humanitarian volunteer recounts meeting Malaysian jihadist in Syria

The Star/ANN | Friday, Jun 27, 2014

Volunteers distribute free meals to residents at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus.

KUALA LUMPUR - It's really an odd moment when a humanitarian comes face to face with a man who is training to kill. It happened to Syahrir Azfar Saleh.

Syahrir Azfar was volunteering in Hama, Syria, in April when he came across fellow Malaysian Ahmad Salman Abdul Rahim.

"I was there to give food, water, medicine and help establish schools. He was there with a militant group.

"I knew there were Malaysians fighting in the jihadist movement so I told my driver to take me to Hama because I knew some of them were there.

"The moment I saw him, I knew he was Malaysian. I went up to him and introduced myself in Bahasa Malaysia. He looked at me and asked what was I doing there. I told him I was giving aid to the Syrian people.

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