KOTA KINABALU - A soldier was killed and another injured after a colleague randomly fired eight rounds from his M4 carbine rifle at a mortar outpost in Felda's Sabahat 22 in Cenderakasih, about 100km from Lahad Datu.
However, Eastern Sabah Security Commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said that the incident was not an attack on the outpost and an investigation was underway to determine why the soldier started shooting at the outpost.
"I do not want to speculate why he started shooting. We are leaving it to the police to investigate,'' Rashid said, declining to give further details.
It was learnt that the soldier was arrested after his unit leader and two others sneaked up on him before disarming and capturing him early Thursday.
The deceased, Kpl Raju Karno Rano Karno, who is from Pulau Gaya near here, died of a gunshot wound to his neck while being rushed to the Lahad Datu hospital at 2.45am, while the injured victim, Sarawakian Kpl Julian Anak Janang, was shot in his leg.
Sabah Deputy Commissioner Datuk Awang Shaari said they were still ascertaining the exact chain of events that led to the shooting.
He did not discount the possibility of an argument between the suspect and the victims.