Myanmar nationals on the run after botched kidnap bid

KEPALA BATAS - Police are on the hunt for four Myanmar nationals said to be responsible for the murder of a Bangladeshi after a botched kidnap attempt.

Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi said four Myanmar nationals detained earlier were released after investigations showed that they were not involved in the case.

"We are now looking for four other Myanmar nationals. We believe they are still hiding in the state."

On Sunday, friends of construction worker Hussin Md Alahi, 39, found his naked body deep inside the Bukit Relau jungle in Jalan Bukit Gambir at about 1.30pm. His captors are believed to have strangled him with his T-shirt.

Hussin and his friend Mozibur Rahman, 33, were earlier held captive by a group of Myanmar nationals, who are believed to have demanded a RM240,000 (S$93,850) ransom from the victims' friends on Friday.

Mozibur managed to escape on Saturday morning before lodging a police report.

Police immediately launched a search and rescue operation but it was called off at 7pm when it got dark.

Husin's body was found on Sunday about 1km from where he and Mozibur had been held captive.

Hussin and Mozibur had earlier received a phone call from an unidentified person, who sought their services to fix kitchen cabinets at a flat in Bukit Jambul.

When they arrived, they were approached by a group of people who introduced themselves as policemen. The bogus cops then wanted to bring them back to the police station after accusing the two of having fake passports.

Once in the car, the two were blindfolded before being driven to the jungle.