Hunt for gunman who shot Malaysian cops

Hunt for gunman who shot Malaysian cops
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KOTA KINABALU - Police are stepping up the hunt for at least two or more persons behind the shooting of two anti-narcotics policemen in Sepanggar.

Overnight operations continued in the search for the gunman and his possible accomplices who shot and injured two policemen as they were frisking a suspected drug pusher near the Salut Commercial Centre at 2pm.

Several people who police believe can assist in investigations were picked up.

Sources dismissed social media talk that two suspects and a homemade shotgun were seized.

One of the injured policemen, Kons Tong Wilson, 24, is still at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for wounds on his head, nose and body. He is reported to be recovering.

The second victim, Sjn-Mej Sabturani Maul, 46, who suffered slight injuries on the head, was discharged after receiving outpatient treatment at the hospital.

The two were believed to have been hit by pellets from the gunman's shotgun as they were arresting a suspected drug pusher. Another suspect managed to escape arrest.

On Thursday, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said they were investigating the case as an attempted murder and also under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The two policemen in plainclothes were part of a team from the state anti-narcotics unit led by Insp Siri Piuh and were carrying out an operation when they approached the two suspects.

The man who was arrested claimed to be a Bajau but did not have any documents on him. Police also found a substance suspected to be syabu in two plastic packets in his pants.

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