Border shootout: Source says one injured smuggler arrested in M'sia, three others captured by Thai police

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  • Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020

ALOR SETAR: Commandos from VAT 69 carrying out a sweep of the area where a shootout took place between smugglers and Bidor General Operations Force (GOF) personnel managed to arrest one injured smuggler while three others were nabbed by Thai police at a Hatyai hospital Tuesday (Nov 24), says a reliable source.

The commandos were sweeping the area after Kpl Baharuddin Ramli (pic), 54, was killed and Kpl Norihan Tari, 39, was left in critical condition after the shootout at 3am on Tuesday.

However, no official statement on the arrests has been made by the police.

Earlier, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin confirmed that the duo had been involved in a shootout with smugglers at the Malaysia-Thailand border and instructed the police to identify and apprehend the assailants involved.

Meanwhile, Kota Setar OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Shukri Mat Akhir said a post-mortem would be conducted on Kpl Baharuddin's body at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here on Tuesday afternoon.

He also said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador will be coming to the hospital to visit the family members of the deceased.

"At the moment, he is in Perlis visiting Kpl Norihan, who was critically injured, ” ACP Ahmad Shukri said, adding that the IGP would also probably inspect the scene of the incident.

The Star had earlier reported that a shootout at a security post along the Malaysia-Thailand border had resulted in the death of a GOF officer while seriously injuring another.

The incident is said to have occurred at the border area near Felda Mata Ayer.

Both men were from the GOF Bidor's Battalion 3.

Kpl Baharuddin from Sungai Sampo, Negri Sembilan, was attached to the communications section of Company A, GOF Battalion 3 in Bidor, Perak.

He leaves behind a 48-year-old wife, Relow Alang, and three children aged from 18 to 32 years old.

The injured Kpl Norihan, who is from Kg Bukit Rok in Bera, Pahang, is married to Fardilla Adam, 35, and the couple have two children aged seven and eight years old.

All of them stay at the Bidor GOF Battalion 3 apartments in Bidor, Perak.

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