One dead, a dozen hurt in Malaysia grenade blast

MALAYSIA-CRIME-EXPLOSION-GRENADEA bomb disposal robot (front) is deployed after a grenade exploded in front of the Sun Complex in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur on October 9, 2014. (AFP)

KUALA LUMPUR: One man was killed and a dozen other people wounded early Thursday (Oct 9) when a hand grenade exploded in a tourist section of Malaysia’s capital in what police suspect was related to a gangland turf battle.

Police said a parking attendant, identified in reports as Tiong Kwang Yie, who was the most seriously hurt later succumbed to his injuries in hospital following the pre-dawn blast outside a pub at Sun Complex in the bustling Bukit Bintang neighbourhood, a popular area for shopping, dining and nightlife.

“We believe it was a hand grenade that was placed in front of a pub,” Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajudin Mohamad Isa told AFP, noting that an unexploded grenade also was found. The grenade, found under a car, was detonated later in the day, after police asked reporters, including the Channel NewsAsia correspondent, to keep a safe distance from the scene of the bombing.

Zainol Samah, police chief of the district where the incident took place, told AFP there were 13 total casualties. In addition to the parking lot attendant, who was Malaysian, eight other Malaysians were hurt along with two Chinese nationals, one Singaporean, and one Thai, he said…