KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The Malaysian police are currently investigating a small explosion outside a condominium at Jalan Klang Lama that was caused by a remote-controlled explosive device made from modified PVC pipes.
On Tuesday (2 May) 6am morning, a 27-year-old shopowner, received a call from a security officer, informing him about a small explosion in front of his shop located at Tiara Mutiara 1 Off Jalan Puchong, Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur.
The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department’s Operation Movement Team (PGO) in Kuala Lumpur also received information about the incident at 5.47 am and mobilized a team from the Bukit Jalil Fire and Rescue Station to the location.
According to the Operations Commander, Senior Fire Officer II Mohd Khairuddin Abdurrahman, his team arrived at the location at 5.58 am and found that a light on the ground floor of the building had caught fire, believed to be caused by a firecracker.
Three white PVC pipes modified to become explosive material
Assistant Commissioner Amihizam Abdul Shukor, the Brickfields District Police Chief, stated that the police investigation at the crime scene found three white PVC pipes that had been modified to become explosive material.
“Examination of the PVC pipes revealed a remote-controlled “Improvised Explosive Device (IED)”.
He said the police’s Bomb Disposal Unit and Forensic Department also conducted investigations and found explosive debris at the scene and were able to obtain three fingerprint impressions.
CCTV footage from the scene showed the movements of two male suspects.
“We are also conducting an investigation into the motive behind this incident,” he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 6 of the Explosive Substances Act 1957.
The law stated that any person who unlawfully and maliciously causes, by any explosive, an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or to cause serious injury to property shall be liable to a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and a fine of up to RM10,000, or both if convicted.
Amihizam also urged the the public who may have information about this incident to come forward to the nearest police station.
28-year-old cook dies in December 2022 parcel bomb explosion
In December 2022, a restaurant in Pandan Indah, Ampang Jaya, was the site of another explosive incident. Tragically, a 28-year-old cook lost his life when a package left on his car exploded.
The police stated that the victim is believed to have triggered the explosion when he touched the package that was placed on his Toyota Corolla Altis’s bonnet.
The explosion left the victim with serious injuries all over his body and hands. Although members of the public rushed the victim to Ampang Hospital for treatment, he, unfortunately, passed away later that night.
After further investigation, it was revealed that the case was suspected to be motivated by jealousy. The police have arrested a 33-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman who are suspected to be involved in the case.
The male suspect was believed to be jealous of the deceased’s relationship with his wife, which led to the incident. It is understood that the couple and the deceased were neighbours.