They were students of a college in the oil palm plantation town of Trolak in Perak. They became friends.

Sometime last year, senior student Mohammed Razin Shaaban, 28, recruited 21-year-old Rafik Mohammed Aaref for a jihad mission.

Razin, who is believed to have links with a top Yemeni al-Qaeda leader, Jamal al-Badawi, and Rafik were arrested in Lebanon as suspected sucide bombers last week.