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Cop slashed by man in Sabah's interior

KOTA KINABALU: A 44-year-old policeman was attacked and injured by a man with a parang who was driving what is believed to be a stolen vehicle in the interior Keningau district near here.

It is learnt that Sergeant Hasnal Jusit and three others were tailing a Toyota Prado along the Ansip road at about 5.30pm Tuesday when the attack happened.

The driver of the vehicle, a 32-year-old rubber tapper from Kg Mempulut Keningau, noticed the policemen tailing him and began to act violently.

"The suspect rammed his car into the patrol vehicle before crashing into a nearby drain," said Keningau police chief Deputy Supt Ahmad Jawila when contacted Wednesday.

"The suspect then ran out of the crashed vehicle bearing a machete and started swinging it at the policemen in an attempt to get away," he said.

Sjn Hasnal was slashed on his thigh and suffered an eight cm-long wound.

The three other policemen shot at the suspect to stop him from doing more harm, DSP Ahmad said.

The suspect was hit in his shoulder, arm and hips and has been taken to the hospital for surgery to remove the bullets and is reported to be in stable condition.

Police seized a van, the vehicle and three machetes from the suspect following the incident.

"The Prado was reported stolen few days ago and the van in December last year," DSP Ahmad said.

The suspect will be remanded and investigated under section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.

Crime , Parang , Slashing