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Suspicious package not a bomb but student’s science kit, cops say

Combination picture shows the suspicious jars that were found at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, March 9, 2016. — Picture courtesy of Dang Wangi district police
Combination picture shows the suspicious jars that were found at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, March 9, 2016. — Picture courtesy of Dang Wangi district police

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 – Police said tonight that the suspicious package found this evening at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre was not a bomb as previously believed but materials for a science project left behind by a group of students.

A statement from Dang Wangi district police chief Asst Comm Zainol Samah said a cleaner from Aquaria in KLCC discovered two “suspicious looking” jars at the oceanarium’s multipurpose hall at 5.15pm this evening.

Police conducted an investigation at the site of the discovery of two suspicious objects near Aquaria Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), March 9, 2016. — Bernama pic
Police conducted an investigation at the site of the discovery of two suspicious objects near Aquaria Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), March 9, 2016. — Bernama pic

The cleaner immediately referred the finding to Aquaria’s security office and the matter was subsequently reported to the police.

The items were later taken to an open area outside the convention centre before they were detonated by the police bomb disposal unit at 7.56pm, ACP Zainol said.

The district police chief said initial investigations from CCTV footage revealed that the two jars were left behind by a student delegation that was spotted earlier at Aquaria.

“The CCTV at the multipurpose hall in Aquaria recorded several female students from Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Buaya Bukit Beruntung.

“These students had earlier visited Petrosains at the Twin Towers and conducted a science project using the jars. It is believed that the students left behind the bottles upon leaving Aquaria,” he said.

He added that Petrosains officials have also confirmed the students’ visit and the science project.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in a statement issued later said the items were called ‘Starlab’ and were given as a souvenir from Petrosains.

When contacted earlier, KL police chief Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa confirmed the incident and said the police bomb squad had to “detonate” the two jars as a precautionary measure.

International artist Richard Marx is scheduled to perform there at 8.30pm today. According to a report on Astro Awani, the concert started on schedule.

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