Villagers shocked at ‘fertiliser’ raid

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  • Friday, 21 Mar 2003


MUAR: Villagers in Kampung Parit Ulu, Kampung Parit Raja Sari and Kampung Jalan Mahmood near Bukit Batu in Bakri here were shocked to discover that the bags of “fertiliser” seized by police from a plantation actually contained an ingredient for making bombs. 

When approached by the media, the villagers - many of whom are related to a suspected Jemaah Islamiah (JI) member arrested on Friday - declined to be identified but willingly gave directions to the plantation where police recovered four tonnes of ammonia nitrate on Saturday. 

A Kampung Jalan Mahmood resident said policemen arrived at about 2pm in several vehicles to cart the substance away. 

HIDDEN DANGER: A view of several sacks of 'fertiliser' found under a hut in an oil palm plantation in Muar, where police seized four tones of ammonia nitrate on Saturday.

“We were shocked when we saw so many policemen rushing towards the plantation area and later carrying out sacks of fertiliser. 

“We thought someone had planted ganja plants in the plantation but were later told of the ammonia nitrate,” he told reporters when met at his house yesterday. 

Muar acting police chief Supt Abu Ghani said police here could not give details on the arrest of the suspected JI member and the seizure of the ammonia nitrate as the operation was carried out by Bukit Aman police.  

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