‘He had a long beard, lost his sense of humour’: Sri Lanka bomber left Australia a ‘changed man’
Posted on April 25th, 2019

Courtesy  Brisbane Times

One of the Sri Lankan bombers came back from Australia after his postgraduate studies a changed man, his sister says.

Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed studied at Swinburne University in Melbourne between 2009 and 2013, The Australian reported.

Sri Lanka bomber Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed studied at Swinburne University in Melbourne.
Sri Lanka bomber Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed studied at Swinburne University in Melbourne.CREDIT:SEVEN NEWS

Mohamed, suspected to be one of the ringleaders of the atrocity in Sri Lanka, was investigated by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team in 2014 because of his links to several suspects including Australian-born IS militant Neil Prakash, the paper says.

Samsul Hidaya, one of Mohamed’s sisters, told the Daily Mail her brother became “a different man” in Australia and became withdrawn and intense.

One of the Sri Lanka bombers reportedly had links to Australian-born IS militant Neil Prakash.
One of the Sri Lanka bombers reportedly had links to Australian-born IS militant Neil Prakash.

“My brother became deeply, deeply religious while he was in Australia,” Ms Hidaya said.

“He was normal when he went to study in Britain, and normal when he came back. But after he did his postgraduate in Australia, he came back to Sri Lanka a different man.

“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 He became serious and withdrawn and would not even smile at anyone he didn’t know, let alone laugh.”

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