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The man who allegedly murdered two children last night was said to have portrayed aggressive behaviour since last year. - NSTP pix

ALOR SETAR: Was he a "ticking time bomb"?

This is the question that has cropped up following a claim that the man who allegedly ran amok and murdered two children in Kampung Tengah, Yan, near here, last night, had threatened and hurt fellow residents at the village on numerous occasions since last year.

Villager, Omar Bakar, 53, claimde that the suspect who had previously worked as a lorry driver before becoming unemployed, had previously threatened to hurt other villagers prior to the tragic double murder.

“There were many occasions, since last year, that the suspect had not only run amok but also attacked villagers.

“There were villagers who were hurt during the attack.

“A few months ago, I learnt that the suspect had attacked his brother-in-law, who sustained injuries on his head during the incident.

“However, the incident was not reported to the police,” Omar said when met at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital’s forensic unit, here, today.

Omar said prior to the attack on the two children and their family, the suspect had confronted and attacked a villager.

“The suspect was armed with a parang. He had tried to attack another villager before attacking the children and their family,” he said.

Nurul Hanim Idris, 4, and her younger brother Muhammad Hafis, one, were slashed to death when the suspect ran amok and barged into their house during the 11pm incident.

The suspect has been arrested and subsequently remanded for a week beginning today to facilitate investigation into the case, which has been classified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

Police have also recovered the parang used by the suspect during the attack.

Kedah Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mior Faridalthrash Wahid said police are still investigating the motive of the murder.

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