By Nik Nurfaqih Nik Wil and Amiril Muttaqien Meketar
KUALA LUMPUR: The two brothers, who were reported to have been involved in suicide bombings in Iraq, were known as friendly people.
Shocked by the news of their deaths recently, a neighbour, who declined to be named, said Mohamad Shazwan Mohd Salim, 31, and his brother Muhamad Shazani Mohd Salim, 28, would greet him when they bumped into each other.
“The older brother was affable, the younger brother was quite short-spoken, but still friendly, they would say hello whenever we met,” he told Bernama when met here, today.
Mohamad Shazwan, who carried out the mission on Jan 3, was one of seven suicide bombers to infiltrate a police training centre at the Speicher military base, about 160km north of Baghdad, Iraq.
Muhamad Shazani was reportedly killed in a suicide mission on Sept 18 last year in Bayji, northern Iraq.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein had confirmed the death of the two brothers and another suicide bomber, a 26-year-old Mohd Amirul Ahmad Rahim from Terengganu.
“I saw the news about the suicide bombers on TV, but never thought that they were my neighbours.
“No wonder I have not seen them for a long time,” said the neighbour, who recognised the brothers’ faces from the pictures in media reports.
He said the brothers had not shown any signs that they were involved in extremist activities ever since they knew each other more than seven years ago.
“In fact, they had never talked about Daesh or tried to influence me to join them.
“Their appearances were normal, dressing like normal people and so were their family members,” he said.
He believed that they were not influenced by their friends as there were not many people of their age who lived in the neighbourhood.
“They will not act that foolish. I think maybe they were sponsored to go there,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bernama checks on the family house found that it was locked.