Malaysian youth in critical condition after revenge attack

Malaysian youth in critical condition after revenge attack
The road where the youth was slashed during the attack being guarded by policemen

SUNGAI PETANI - At least nine people attacked a group of youths with knives and parang in what could be a revenge attack in Bakar Sampah on Friday.

According to eye witnesses, the assailants arrived on six motorcycles at a coffee shop at about 3pm and charged towards the five youths who were sitting together at a table.

Eye-witness Ong Kah Soon said one of the youths tried to flee but fell down in the middle of the road and was set upon by the attackers.

The unidentified youth, in his 20s, was slashed on the arms and legs. The other four suffered minor injuries.

Ong said the assailants chased the other youths across the road and into another coffee shop.

Another eye witness, who refused to be named, said she was at one of the coffee shops having her lunch during the attack.

"The whole incident happened within minutes," said the woman, a hawker at one of the coffee shops.

"When the assailants tried to leave on their motorcycles, a passer-by rammed his car into one of them. He got up but left on his friend's motorcycle, leaving his vehicle and weapon behind," she said.

Police said the incident could have been caused due to an earlier accident between one of the youths and the assailants.

Kuala Muda OCPD ACP Khalil Ariffin said one of the youths was sent to the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital and is unconscious.

He said the case was being investigated for voluntarily causing hurt.

"We are not ruling out the possibility of a gang-related attack," he added.

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