KOTA BARU - A 22-year-old woman had a miraculous escape after unknown gunmen on two motorcycles fired five shots at her at a traffic light junction at Chabang Empat, Binjai, near here.
The shots smashed the windscreen of her car and pieces of glass cut her right cheek, nose, right arm and hands. However, Nurul Atikah Idris survived the attack which occurred on Friday.
As she stepped out of the car with her blood-soaked face and hands, passers-by rushed to her aid and took her to a nearby police station.
She was then rushed to the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital where her condition was reported to be stable.
Police said she could have been a victim of mistaken identity.
Nurul Atikah was travelling to Kubang Kerian from Bachok when the shots were fired point-blank, not far from the Binjai police station, at around 6.40pm on Friday.
Witness Wan Mat Zain Wan Omar, 64, said he and a friend were about 50m away and thought some children were playing with fire-crackers when they heard the shots.
"I only realised they were gunshots when I saw people rushing to the car and crowding around it," he said.
State deputy police chief SAC Datuk Mazlan Lazim said initial investigations revealed there were four men involved and two had fired the shots.
"There is a possibility that the assailants shot at the wrong target," he said.
"The victim sustained light injuries after the assailants shot at the car's windscreen," he added.
Police have since launched Ops Tutup to hunt down the four suspects.
The case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.