According to The Star Online, at least 14 people were injured after a bomb exploded in front of the Sun Complex in Jalan Bukit Bintang on October 9th (Thursday). The police said they received information regarding the blast outside a pub at about 4:30am and 4 cars were damaged in the explosion.
It is learnt that the explosion came from beneath a car that was parked in the area. Another unexploded device, also believed to be a grenade was found underneath another car, a Toyota Camry. It is also learnt that 2 explosive objects were thrown at the scene from the second floor of a building.
The injured including 2 women, ages between 22 and 40, have been sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) and Tung Shin Hospital. 4 of the victims are from China, one each from Singapore and Thailand while the rest are locals. A car jockey is said to have been warded at the intensive care unit and the cars damaged by the explosion includes a Toyota Vellfire, Toyota Camry, Mazda, and BMW 5 Series.
The Star Online also reported that gangland fighting is believed to be the reason behind the bomb blast. According to City deputy CID chief Asst Comm Khairi Ahrasa, gangsters could have been behind the explosion, believed to be from grenades, but police are investigating the case from all angles.
Meanwhile, Astro Awani reported that one of the victims involved in the bombing has succumbed to his injuries at HKL. Datuk Dr. Abu Hassan Asaari Abdullah, the hospital’s emergency and trauma department head said, the complete list of victims sent to HKL have yet to be confirmed due to various information that has yet to be obtained.
“A victim who was in critical condition has passed away, we are still in the midst of obtaining more information on the victims here. We will provide the updated information as soon as we obtain confirmation,” he said when contacted here today.
CID deputy chief ACP Khairi Ahrasa said in the 4:20am incident, 2 hand grenades were thrown from the second floor parking lot of a building, reports BERNAMA. “The suspect is believed to have thrown the bomb from the second floor of the building. One of the bombs exploded in front of an entertainment outlet. Another one did not explode and was found under a Toyota Camry car, which was parked in front of the entertainment outlet,” he told reporters present at the scene.
Police are still investigating the motive behind the incident. The case is being investigated under Section 4 of the Firearms Act and 307 of the Penal Code. Business rivalry is being looked at as one of the motives for the bombing incident.
On the other hand, Malaysian Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi has urged the public to remain calm until police complete their investigations into the incident.
According to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the incident may also be as a result of a fight between the entertainment outlets in the area. However no confirmation can be provided at the moment at the case is still under police investigation.
“Because it has just been a few hours since the incident happened, we have yet to receive any information on the motive and the people behind the incident, whether they are locals or foreigners. Not all information can be disclosed at the moment until it is verified and confirmed after investigations are complete,” he told reporters at the Parliament building today.
The Star just reported that a car jockey, who was among 14 people injured in a grenade attack at Sun Complex in Bukit Bintang, has died of his wounds.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said Tiong Kwang Yie, 36, passed away after being treated in the intensive care unit at a hospital here following the 4:25am blast. Tiong was among the injured who were rushed to the hospital after the attack outside the Cherry Blossom night club.
The others included 2 Chinese nationals, 2 Singaporeans, and a Thai.