Suspects arrested to assist Sabah sniper investigations

Suspects arrested to assist Sabah sniper investigations
PHOTO: The Straits Times

KOTA KINABALU - Several suspects have been detained during an overnight police operation to hunt down a sniper who shot and injured two anti-narcotics policemen in Sepanggar on Thursday.

The sources however did not reveal if police had caught the key suspects in the shooting which injured the two policemen.

According to the sources, the two were detained to assist in investigations that are currently ongoing.

Both policemen - 46-year old Sjn Mejar Sabturani Maul and 24-year old Kons Tong Wilson - are currently being treated for gunshot wounds at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here.

Sabturani and Tong were wounded in the head, nose and body after being hit by pellets from a single shot fired by an unknown sniper.

The sniper fired from a hill near the Salut Commercial Centre in Sepanggar here.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman late Thursday said that they believed a gunman hiding in the hill near the operations area had fired a shot from a homemade shotgun.

Both Sabturani and Tong, who were part of a team from the state police anti-narcotics unit led by Insp Siri Piuh were injured after they approached two people who were behaving suspiciously.

The two individuals then tried to run away, and Sabturani and Tong managed to overpower one of the suspects when the shot was fired.

Two plastic packets that are suspected to contain syabu were recovered from the man, who claimed to be an ethnic Bajau named "Malik Bin Hasdari'",

However, no identification documents were found on the man.

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