KUALA LUMPUR - Police arrested a man carrying two homemade remote detonating explosive devices outside a workshop here.
The arrest came after a scuffle which saw the man biting a policeman's arm.
Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy said the man was spotted acting suspiciously in a BMW 3 Series at around 1.30am on Sunday by three policemen who were conducting crime prevention patrols along Jalan Perdana Timur 5, Kepong.
"My men checked the licence plate and found that it belonged to a Suzuki Swift.
"They approached the driver and asked him for his IC but he refused and tried to run away," he told reporters at the Sentul police headquarters yesterday.
He said the policemen chased the 35-year-old man and a scuffle ensued.
"He bit the arm of one of the policemen before he was subdued and arrested.
"We checked the car and found a bag containing a fake Beretta gun, knife, smoke grenade, flare, and a gold chain," he said, adding that police also found another bag in the car.
ACP Munusamy said when police opened the other bag, they found two cylindrical objects wrapped in duct tape measuring 14cm and 17cm long and a remote control.
"We sent the two objects for checks with our weapons analyst and found that they were explosive devices," he said.
He said investigations showed that the man had borrowed the BMW from a friend and did not return it. The friend had lodged a police report about a month ago.
He said police have remanded the suspect for a week and would be calling in the BMW owner to help with investigations.
"The suspect is involved in nine prior cases of robbery and drug-related crimes.
"We are now trying to figure out what he was doing in front of the workshop and what he was planning to do with the explosives," he said.