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Sunday January 22, 2006

Guns and ammo missing


LUMUT: A massive investigation has been launched to uncover the theft of more than a dozen firearms and ammunition stolen from the navy base here. 

So far, more than 12 people including seven navy personnel have been arrested and about a dozen firearms, ammunition and hand grenades recovered in a tight-lipped operation. 

Sources said police and the navy had spent the past few weeks investigating the theft of the weapons, ammunition, and explosives from the base's ammunition and explosive depot.  

It was learnt that among the weapons stolen from the armoury were several Steyrs and Glocks. Hand grenades were also said to be missing.  

It was believed that such thefts had been occurring over the past few years but were only discovered recently. 

A taskforce comprising police officers from Bukit Aman and the northern region made the arrests in Kedah and in Perak. 

Police have refused to comment on the case. 

In Pekan yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the probe was ongoing.  

“I do not want to compromise police investigations into the case,” Najib, who is also Defence Minister, told reporters after visiting an orang asli settlement in Kampung Padang Kota Perdana. 

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