ALOR SETAR (Bernama): A seven-year-old girl lived through a nightmare when she was taken hostage by her own uncle for over five hours at a house in Taman Serai Wangi, Padang Serai, near Kulim.
Kedah Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Mior Faridalthrash Wahid said in the incident took place at about 6pm Saturday (Feb 9), where the 34-year-old suspect armed with a knife is believed to have run amok and locked himself in a bathroom with his niece after his brother-in-law refused to give him money to buy drugs.
"The suspect, who was under the influence of drugs and had past family issues, came to the house and demanded money believed to be for purchasing drugs. His brother-in-law refused to oblige, causing the suspect to go berserk.
"The suspect then held a knife to the neck of his niece and took her into the bathroom.
"Fearing for his child's safety, the brother-in-law lodged a police report," he said when contacted by Bernama here on Sunday (Feb 10).
He said the police arrived at the scene and tried to persuade the suspect to surrender and release the child.
However, the suspect resisted, forcing the police to break open the door and save the victim.
"During the incident, there was a scuffle with the suspect, causing one of the police officers to be injured with the knife.
"The victim who was in a weakened condition, was rescued before being taken to the Kulim Hospital," he said.
SAC Mior Faridalthrash added that the victim suffered injuries to her neck and back, believed to be with the knife.
He said the suspect, who has several drug-related criminal records, is currently under remand for 14 days and being investigated under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961 and Section 307 of the Penal Code. – Bernama