Neigh­bour: Sus­pect’s mum was ‘shocked over ar­rest’

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Neigh­bours of the 41-year-old man who was ar­rested here last month over al­leged links to the Is­lamic State (IS), are clue­less about him.

A neigh­bour, who de­clined to be named, said she man­aged to talk to the sus­pect’s mother, who was shocked as to why her son was ar­rested when he vis­ited her here re­cently.

“I don’t know much about him.

I have hardly met him be­cause he does not live here.

“He hap­pened to be back in Pe­nang to visit his el­derly mother when the au­thor­i­ties stormed the house and took him into cus­tody,” the neigh­bour told the New Straits Times.

Another neigh­bour, who also spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said she last heard the man was stay­ing in a state in the east coast of the penin­sula.

“It was high drama when the po­lice came to ar­rest him.

“Heav­ily-armed po­lice of­fi­cers whisked him away into a van,” she said, re­call­ing the in­ci­dent.

Video clips of the po­lice op­er­a­tion have since gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

Ef­forts to in­ter­view the sus­pect’s mother, who lives in Sun­gai Pinang here, were not suc­cess­ful.

The un­em­ployed man, who was found to have been ac­tively pro­mot­ing IS on 15 Face­book ac­counts since 2014, was nabbed on April 25.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had said the man had planned to launch an at­tack on a mosque in Pe­nang.

He was among six peo­ple scooped up by the au­thor­i­ties, be­tween March and April, fol­low­ing their links to IS, crip­pling a fac­tion sup­ply­ing weapons into the coun­try for the ter­ror group and avert­ing the bomb at­tack on a mosque.

The oth­ers are three men and two women, all Malaysians, aged be­tween 24 and 41.

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