According to The Star, Khalil Afandi Abd Hamid was revealed to be the man who was brandishing the samurai sword at the compound before he died of gunshot wounds. Police reportedly recovered two samurai swords and a meat cleaver at the scene, which was inscribed with jawi characters.
The 47-year-old was revealed to have been running a blog called Jaya Negara shortly before he decided to go on a rampage. Although the blog was set up just slightly over a month ago, it contained 17 lengthy posts from Khalil. Some provided a glimpse of this troubled man's life:
“When my siblings sleep in peace, I will be up thinking about a life full of misery. I sleep in tears.
“All these started when I was three years old. I already understood what mental illness is. I could not afford even to live for tomorrow."
Occasionally he would lash out about local politicians and public figures like former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Oppo-sition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Some speculate that he might have been a deviant based on certain statements he made in the blog. Other postings had included monologues with questions about life and accompanied by religious verses:
“I, Jaya Negara, am the only worker of Allah left who could confirm this
truth,” he said of himself in his blog pseudonym but fell short of
explaining what the “truth” was.
Khalil, who was a father, was said to have declared himself as Imam Mahadi, the promised messiah who, according to several sunnah, would restore uprightness before the day of judgment.
As for the woman he was with, police believe that the two had met only a week prior to the incident. The 28-year-old mother of two is reportedly recovering from a gunshot
wound at a hospital's isolation ward, and has been placed under remand
by the police.
Her husband known only as Yusof told the media that they believe she was "put under a spell" and that she was behaving strangely recently. He said he was aware about her obsession with Khalil's blog.