Teen among 9 detained at bomb-making workshop

Teen among 9 detained at bomb-making workshop
SDCP Ahmad (third from left) and senior officers showing the homemade bombs and other materials.

ALOR SETAR - A 14-year-old student is among nine people arrested after police seized three homemade bombs and equipment used to make explosives in Sungai Petani.

"Initial investigations showed that the bombs, each weighing about 0.5kg, are capable of sending a car three storeys high if detonated under a vehicle," Kedah police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim told a press conference yesterday.

He said the arrests and seizures were made between 11.30am and 2.30pm on Friday when a team from the state police headquarters and Kuala Muda Criminal Investigation Divison raided two locations in Sungai Petani.

"We are investigating if the group was involved in any criminal cases within or outside the state, or the blast that killed a housewife in Taman Angsana Sari,'' he said.

It was reported that Tan Chin Fang, 49, was killed by a parcel bomb in June last year.

SDCP Ahmad added that police were also investigating if the group belonged to any secret society.

The nine suspects have been remanded for five days to facilitate investigations under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971.

A police source said two suspects were arrested in a house where two homemade bombs were found.

The other homemade bomb and bomb-making equipment were found at a workshop where the boy and six others were arrested.

It is learnt that the student had been working part-time at the workshop.

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