The family of one of the men responsible for the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka have claimed he was radicalised during his time in Australia.
Samsul Hidaya, sister of Abdul Latheif Jameel Mohamed, one of nine suicide bombers responsible for the attacks which killed hundreds of Christians, told the Daily Mail, her brother changed after his five years of study in Australia.
“He had a long beard and had lost his sense of humour. He became serious and withdrawn and would not even smile at anyone he didn’t know, let alone laugh,” she said.
Hidaya went on to say, her brother became angry and argumentative towards her family for their apparent religious lapses.
“He told male relatives off for trimming their beards and became angry and totally crazy,” she said. “So I just stopped speaking to him because it got to the point where it was getting out of hand.”
“Something happened to him in Australia that changed his personality. He became silent and aloof,” Hidaya added.
According to 9 News, Mohamed first came to the attention of the Australian Federal Police in 2014 for his suspected connection to the Islamic State.