KL grenade blast: Cops rules out terrorism, says work of gangs

Member of a bomb squad unit investigates the scene of a grenade explosion outside Sun Complex near Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, October 9, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat
Member of a bomb squad unit investigates the scene of a grenade explosion outside Sun Complex near Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, October 9, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — Police said today that a deadly grenade blast here was likely motivated by business rivalry among underworld figures, eliminating terrorism as a motive.

Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Gan Kong Keng also told reporters that the hand grenades used in the explosion outside Sun Complex in Bukit Bintang here were not locally made.

“Believed to be business-related,” Gan told a press conference.

Bukit Aman’s counter-terrorism division senior official Datuk Ayub Khan also ruled out terrorism.

“It was a gang rivalry,” Ayub told Malay Mail Online in a text message.

Gan said one of the hand grenades exploded at 4.30am today outside a night club, injuring 14, while the other found underneath a Toyota Camry was later detonated by the police.

One of the casualties later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

The policeman added that four foreigners - a Thai, two Chinese nationals and a Singaporean - were among those injured.

The man who died was a 36-year-old Malaysian car jockey named Tiong Kwang Yie.

The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code and Section 4 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act.

An eyewitness described earlier today the grenade explosion as a scene of chaos, with people lying wounded and bloody and others scurrying around.

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