Cop needs another op to remove third bullet

Keeping the peace: A Senoi Praaq member manning the border between Malaysia and Thailand in Bukit Kayu Hitam. — Bernama

GEORGE TOWN: General Operations Force (GOF) personnel Sjn Norihan Tari, who was critically injured during a shootout with a group of smugglers at the Malaysian-Thai border in Perlis on Tuesday, needs another surgery to remove the third bullet lodged near his lungs.

Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said the 39-year-old Senoi Praaq member had successfully undergone an earlier surgery to remove two bullets from his stomach on Thursday.

Comm Sahabudin said another operation, however, would depend on the condition of Sjn Norihan.

“Specialist doctors will monitor his condition first before performing another operation on him, ” he said at the Penang Hospital yesterday.

Comm Sahabudin said Sjn Norihan showed positive signs and responded to him during his visit to the intensive care unit (ICU) ward.

“He was awake this morning, although he was a bit weak and did not talk much. He is showing positive signs of recovering, ” he added.

Comm Sahabudin was accompanied by his wife Datin Nor Aidila Abdul Majid, who is also the chairperson of the state Police Family Association.

Also present during the visit were state police contingent headquarters’ management department chief Asst Comm Muhamad Halim Yatim, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong and Penang Hospital director Dr Teo Gim Sian.

On Wednesday, Sjn Norihan was transferred to Penang Hospital from Hospital Tuanku Fauziah to receive further treatment.

Sjn Norihan and Sjn Baharuddin Ramli, 59, were carrying out intelligence work in the early hours of Tuesday when two groups of at least 13 smugglers ambushed them, killing the latter in the process.

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