RANAU: A man suffered injuries to his head and body after be was caught in a commotion between two groups near a market in here on Sunday (June 9).
Ranau police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Shahrul Abdul Wahab said the 28-year-old man was standing in front of a convenience store when he saw a group of men alighting from a car and then attacking another group at about 12.15pm.
DSP Shahrul said the victim started running and stopped near a fruit stall because he was tired.
"He was hit a few times on the back of his head and body by two foreigners with a 41cm-long steel pipe.
"He managed to wrest the weapon from the suspects before running away," he explained.
DSP Shahrul said police rushed to the scene upon getting information on the incident.
Some of those involved in the melee were still around and fled after noticing the police.
"The victim received six stitches for his injuries before he medical authorities let him go home.
"We are investigating the motive behind the case and tracking down the suspects," he added.
DSP Shahrul urged the local community not to take the law into their own hands in response to the incident.
Photos of the injured man are being circulated on social media.
The case is investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
Those with information on the case are urged to contact the nearest police station.