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Rampage in Putrajaya: Duo linked to mental illness

KUALA LUMPUR: A self-proclaimed “Imam Mahadi” (Last Messiah) who was shot dead by the police when he went on a rampage with a samurai sword outside Complex B of the Prime Minister’s Department yesterday, suffered from mental illness.
His woman accomplice in the incident, who was also armed with a samurai sword and butcher’s knife, suffered from similar mental disorder, said city police today.

The police shot and injured the 28-year-old woman in the right leg. She was a former student of the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Khalil Afandi Hamid, 47, and the woman’s extremist religious beliefs might have caused them to run amok, initial police investigations have revealed.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohmad Salleh said the duo, who were married to others, were believed to have been acquainted with one another, just last week.

“They had no previous criminal record. Our initial investigations indicate they might have acted the way they did [going on the rampage] due to their links to deviant teachings.

“We are investigating whether they were members of a deviant religious group and are in the midst of tracking down its members. We have mobilised a special unit to investigate their religious background,” he added.

Speaking to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent here today, Mohmad said investigations revealed that prior to the rampage, Khalil Afandi and the woman were driven to the premises outside the Prime Minister’s Department in a vehicle.

In the 2.30pm incident yesterday, Khalil Afandi died on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital after he was shot in the right hand and abdomen while the woman sustained a gunshot wound in the leg.
Mohmad said the duo were shot after the armed man trained a samurai sword at the neck of a policeman before they entered the premises and began slashing the windscreen of two cars belonging to employees of the Prime Minister’s Department.

He explained that the police were forced to fire at the duo to protect themselves from further attacks In this regard, he urged the public not to politicise the incident.

Khalil Afandi’s body was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital while the woman was remanded to facilitate investigations under Section 307, 427 and 506 of the Penal Code and Section 6(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958.
- Bernama

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