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Thursday October 24, 2013 MYT 9:49:12 AM
Worrying: A portion of the damaged porch.
PETALING JAYA: A group of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) students were jolted from their beds by the sound of a small explosion at their house porch early in the morning.
When they rushed out, they noticed that a portion of the porch was on fire. Someone had thrown a Molotov cocktail at their off-campus home in Section 3, Bangi Perdana.
A Molotov cocktail is a firebomb, usually comprising flammable liquid in a glass bottle with a rag stuffed into its neck for a fuse.
Engineering student Siti Aishah Shaharudin said she heard the explosion at about 3.30am yesterday.
“A motorcycle passed by the house, then there was the explosion and when I went to look, there were flames,” she said.
After they had put out the fire, Aishah found a note on the windshield of a housemate’s car. It said: “Tarik diri atau mati” (Withdraw or die).
Some of her housemates were contesting in the UKM student election later that day, under the Pro-Mahasiswa banner.
“We don’t know who the culprit is. But we suspect it has something to do with that,” she said.
They lodged a police report at the Bandar Baru Bangi station at 4am.
The campus election was for the 2013/2014 university session.
UKM vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin said no extra security measures would be taken at the university since the incident had occurred outside the campus.
She added that no untoward incidents had occurred during the campaigning period.
Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said police were working on tracking down the culprits of the attack. He urged anyone with information on the incident to come forward immediately.
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