GEORGE TOWN - Barely a week after a house believed to be the scene of murders involving Myanmar nationals was discovered in Bukit Mertajam, another foreigner was found dead with his throat slit in Relau here.
The man, who also had slash and stab wounds on his ear, hand, abdomen and back, was found in front of a shrine near Metropolitan Park.
A schoolteacher walking to the carpark stumbled across the body at about 10am yesterday. She then alerted the police.
Penang CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said investigations showed that the man, in his 30s, had struggled against his assailants.
"The deceased is a foreigner but we can't determine his nationality at the moment as no identification documents were found on him.
"We believe that there were more than two assailants involved. However, they are known to us as we have them on our wanted list," he told reporters here yesterday.
The murder was believed to have taken place between 2am and 5am yesterday.
Although the case is being investigated as murder, SAC Mazlan said police had not ruled out the possibility of a robbery as there were signs of the man's pockets being searched.
He urged witnesses or those with information about the incident to contact the police at 04-269 1999.
Last week, police raided a single-storey house in Kampung Pisang, Machang Bubok, where previous murders involving Myanmar nationals had reportedly taken place.
Police recovered three long parang, believed to be weapons used by the suspects, from the house.
Seventeen suspects, including the mastermind, between the age of 20 and 40 years, were arrested in the past two weeks.
Following the arrests, police believed that they had solved eight out of the 18 murder cases involving Myanmar nationals in the state this year.
The murders came to light following the discovery of various human body parts on the mainland and the island.