Foreigner dies after striking himself with sickle in attempted robbery

GOMBAK: A foreigner died after he accidentally struck himself in the thigh with the sickle he was using in an attempted robbery.

The victim he attacked also died while receiving treatment at the Sungai Buloh Hospital several hours later.

Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Zainal Mohamed Mohamed said the incident occurred at 8.08am on Sunday (July 3).

"We received information that a man was lying motionless and covered in blood at Taman Perindustrian Kepong,” he said.

"Investigations at the scene led to the body of a 50-year-old foreigner lying on the ground with a sickle in his right hand," added ACP Zainal in a statement.

He said further investigations revealed a 48-year-old local man also suffered injuries and was sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

ACP Zainal said that the investigation revealed that the foreigner had approached the victim at a shop there and struck up conversation before brandishing the sickle and slashing him several times

"The victim grabbed a plastic chair to defend himself and the sickle accidentally struck the suspect's left thigh," he said, adding that the suspect ran out of the shop and collapsed on the road about 36m from the scene of the initial attack.

He said medical officers from the Sungai Buloh Hospital confirmed the suspect had died at the scene.

"The victim who was rushed to the hospital succumbed to his injuries at around 12.15pm. The case has been classified as a murder," he said.

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