Firearms, ammunition seized in M'sia raids

Firearms, ammunition seized in M'sia raids
Malaysia police with some of the firearms seized in the raids.

Malaysia police seized 15 rifles, a shotgun and 1,579 rounds of ammunition in a raid on an abandoned house in Langkawi.

Kedah police chief Senior Deputy Commissioner Ahmad Ibrahim said the raid on the abandoned house took place at about 9pm on Wednesday.

It resulted in the arrest of a 44-year-old British citizen and two locals, aged 44 and 45, The Star reported.

The raid was jointly conducted by the D9 special investigation division of the state police contingent headquarters and the Langkawi district CID.

"The firearms were buried in a hole beside the house and covered with sand, canvas and zinc sheets," SDC Ahmad said on Friday.

"All three suspects, believed to be employees of a shipping forwarding company, have been remanded until Oct 1 for further investigations."

The seizure is believed to be rela­ted to another raid on Sept 18.

In that case, police stormed a luxury yacht and arrested a 43-year-old South African and a Thai woman, and recovered seven Italian-made Benelli Argo rifles and several hundred rounds of ammunition.

Initial police investigations revealed that the South African owned the vessel but did not have a permit for possession of the Benelli Argo rifles and the ammunition.

SDC Ahmad said that while both cases did not have any link with terrorist activities, the firearms were found wrongfully stored at unauthorised locations.

He said: "A forwarding company applied for permits to keep the firearms on behalf of merchant vessels and ow­ners of the firearms but misused the permits issued.

"The firearms and ammunition were moved from the vessels to another location or owner, which clearly violates the conditions of the permits."

He said the permits to keep and store the firearms had expired when the merchant vessels left port.

He said police were looking for the owner of the forwarding company, who is currently overseas, to facilitate in their investigations.

This article was first published on Sep 28, 2014.
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