Taken in 40 seconds – kidnapping had military precision

  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Mar 2017

PETALING JAYA: The abduction of pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo took only 40 seconds and was executed with military-like precision, according to a video going viral on social media.

Footage shows the operation to abduct him from his car involved the use of two black 4WD trucks, a black SUV (sports utility vehicle), two white sedans and two motorcycles.

A blow by blow account of the incident was narrated with subtitles in the video that runs for almost three minutes but has no audio.

It claimed that at least 15 abductors were involved in what appears to be a well-planned operation that was carried out in broad daylight on a public road in Kelana Jaya.

Police have reportedly been handed a copy of the video.

In it, the black vehicles are seen intercepting and surrounding Koh’s car on three sides, forcing it to stop.

At least eight men exit the vehicles, some of them with tools, while another gets out from one of the sedans and appears to be filming the operation.

Terrifyingly quick: (From left) Screenshots of the video showing the precise timing and vehicle positions of the abduction.

When the men reach Koh’s car, there is a struggle, the vehicle jerks forward and a loud crash is heard, according to the narration.

This is difficult to see in the video due to the graininess of the footage and a tree that is blocking much of Koh’s car from the camera’s view.

All that can be seen is men running about and the front passenger door being opened.

Seconds later, all the vehicles are driven away, including the pastor’s car, with the motorcycles trailing.

Earlier, a hatchback seems to have stumbled upon the abduction from behind. It is immediately blocked by the sedans. A hooded man comes out from one sedan and appears to threaten the driver of the hatchback.

The hatchback can then be seen quickly reversing down the road, with one of the motorcycles being ridden towards it.

The biker makes sure the hatchback reverses a long distance before making a U-turn and returning to the other vehicles.

Video footage includes the scene as viewed from the opposite side of the road.

Koh, 62, was abducted while on his way to a friend’s house in the area on Feb 13.

His family issued a statement yesterday, saying that they were not familiar with the video.

They said that it could be a combination of footage procured from several CCTVs.

“We do not know who produced it,” they said, adding that they were leaving the matter to the police.

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