ALOR SETAR: A General Operations Force (GOF) member from Bukit Kayu Hitam escaped serious injury after he was shot at while on duty at the Malaysia-Thai border near Bukit Kayu Hitam.
Kedah police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan said that in the 6.15pm incident yesterday, the police personnel was conducting a patrol with another member in the area.
“The personnel, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, suddenly felt a sharp pain in his abdomen. When he checked, he found a circular mark.
“He then noticed human activity in the area. We suspect he was shot with an air rifle from the other side, ” Hasanuddin was quoted as having said.
The GOF personnel was identified as L/Kpl Muhammad Amirul Amir, 26, from Company B Battalion 3 PGA Bidor. The bullet is said to have grazed his abdomen.
Kubang Pasu OCPD Supt Mohd Ismail Ibrahim confirmed the shooting.
In Ipoh, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said police were reviewing the current standard operating procedure for patrol duty, intelligence work and prevention operations to ensure the safety of officers, personnel and the public.
He said police have also requested for 36 new armoured personnel carriers (APC) to ensure the safety of personnel conducting patrols at border areas in Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan and the Eastern Sabah Security Command.
“The application was submitted last year and we hope in the first stage we can get 10 units. Some of the current APC have been in use for more than 40 years, ” he said after witnessing the handing over of duties of the Perak police chief here yesterday.
Acryl Sani was responding to questions raised by netizens on why the two GOF personnel from the Senoi Praaq team were not wearing bulletproof vests and were only armed with Walther P99 pistols.
On Tuesday, Kpl Baharuddin Ramli, 54, was killed while his partner Kpl Norihan Tari, 39, was seriously injured in a shootout with smugglers at the Malaysia-Thailand border.
In Jempol, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said two more Thais have been arrested in Perlis, bringing to eight the number of Thai nationals nabbed for the fatal shootout.
He said the two men were arrested at 7am at the border wall in Padang Besar, bringing to four the number of Thais nabbed in Malaysian territory after the incident.
The other four suspects were arrested by Thai authorities in Thailand on Tuesday.
“We are in talks and will make an official application to the Royal Thai Police to hand over to us the four arrested in Thailand to face justice (in Malaysia), ” he said after attending the burial of Kpl Baharuddin at Kg Sungai Sampo here.
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