Mongolian model shot and blown to bits

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  • Wednesday, 08 Nov 2006

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police have picked up a prominent political analyst attached with a politically well-connected think-tank for questioning over the gruesome murder of a Mongolian model whose body was blown to bits. 

The man, who is in his 40s, was taken from his office in Ampang here by several policemen at about 10am yesterday. 

The private think-tank conducts research and prints publications on politics, economics, defence and international relations. 

The analyst is being detained at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman where he is assisting a special task force set up to probe the murder of 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu. 

The analyst is expected to be remanded today.  

Altantuya, who goes by the name Anna and said to be a stunning beauty from Ulaanbaatar, arrived in Kuala Lumpur about a month ago.  

She reportedly went missing about three weeks ago.  

Sources said a report lodged by her sister and cousin led to the arrest of three police personnel – a chief inspector, a woman detective and a corporal with the Special Action Force or SAF, more commonly known as the Unit Tindakan Khas.  

The corporal is part of a pool of SAF members used to guard VIPs and other dignitaries. 

All three police personnel have been remanded by the police. 

Yesterday, magistrate Azniza Mohd Ali ordered the remand of the corporal while the chief inspector and woman detective were remanded on Thursday.  

On Monday, more than 40 police officers, including those from the Forensic Department, went to the crime scene at Subang Dam, Puncak Alam in Selangor, where they found bone fragments believed to be that of Altantuya in some bushes.  

Police believe she was shot twice and her body blown to bits. 

GRISLY FIND: The spot where Altantuya was blown up in Puncak Alam, Selangor.— STARpic by AZHAR MAHFOF

It is understood that C4 explosives were used to blow up her body in an effort to destroy evidence.  

C4 or Composition 4 is a common but powerful explosive used for demolition work. 

Police are said to be putting together the circumstances that led to Altantuya visiting the man at his house here, where she was said to have confronted him. 

They said the police also wanted to find out whether the man had summoned three police officers to take Altantuya away from the house.  

Her sister and cousin lodged police reports when Altantuya did not return after leaving her hotel on Oct 19.  

She was staying at Hotel Malaya in Jalan Hang Lekir. 

Sources said police also wanted to know when the man and the Mongolian model first met and whether there was any sexual relationship between them and if he had fathered a son with the woman.  

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said he had ordered a thorough investigation to be conducted and promised that there would be no cover-up. 

“Whoever is involved would be brought to book regardless of his stature.  

“I am also going to find out how and who authorised the issuance of the explosives used in the murder,” he said. 

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