BATU PAHAT: Two Islamic State-linked suspects, high on the police wanted list for their involvement in the grenade attack on a nightspot in Puchong, were pasar malam traders and long-time buddies.
On Monday, police identified the duo as Md Saifuddin Muji, 28, and Jasanizam Rosni, 33.
The Star visited their homes in Johor yesterday and spoke to family members who expressed shock that the duo were linked to the attack.
Jasanizam’s brother Irsyad Rosni, 23, said Saifuddin would drive to their family home in Parit Raja here often to pick up his brother, who is fondly known as Ijam in the family circle.
“I recognised him immediately when I saw the two photos being circulated on social media,” Irsyad said at his home in Kampung Parit Haji Salleh Ros.
Irsyad, who works as an executive in a finance firm in Kuala Lumpur, said Ijam ran a small business at the pasar malam near the family home.
“He lived in the family home with his wife and three children to take care of our 66-year-old mother. Our father died several years ago,” he said, adding that Ijam, the sixth among eight siblings, rarely went far from home.
Irsyad said Ijam had not returned home since the weekend.
“I last met him during the second week of Ramadan. We had a brief chat as usual and he asked about my work and what was keeping me busy,” he said.
Irsyad said that his mother was stunned when police came knocking on their doors on Sunday, inquiring about Ijam’s whereabouts.
“We were stunned to find out that he was wanted for the grenade attack.
“As long as we don’t know the whole story, it is better that we remain calm. But it will be a quiet Hari Raya for us,” he added.
The family of Saifuddin said he was last seen at their home in Kampung Parit Gantung in Seri Merlong, Rengit, on Friday.
He has not been contactable since.
“My mother is heartbroken and we are at a loss for words,” said Saifuddin’s elder brother who declined to be named.
He said Saifuddin was close to their mother.
“He helped out at a pasar malam and usually returned home after work. He was not the type that goes out very often,” he said.
The grenade attack at the Movida Kitchen, Bar & Club Lounge in Puchong last Tuesday left eight people injured.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar revealed on Monday that the attack was carried out by two IS militants, who had been detained on Friday at a factory in Klang where they worked.
He said Saifuddin and Jasanizam were believed to have been involved in the attack, which was the first strike by the IS in the country.
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