Thursday, August 6

700 detonators, explosive items stolen

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KOTA KINABALU: More than 700 electrical detonators and explosive items were stolen from a storeroom of an explosive company here in Menggatal.

The incident allegedly happened between April 24 and April 28 when more than 600 electrical detonators and some 100 Emulex rods were stolen from the magazine storeroom.

Police have so far detained nine people, who are believed to be workers and security guards, from the company pertaining to the incident.

“Police have detained nine people, including security guards, to assist in this investigation.

“A through investigation is being carried out by the police as well as to locate the stolen items,” he said, adding that the nine men have been remanded under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Hamza told at a press conference at the officers Mess at the State Police Headquarters in Kepayan, here during early voting for civil servants for the 13th general election (13GE).

Asked if the incident may have any involvement with the coming 13GE, Hamza said investigation is still being carried out from all angles.

“We will look at the case from all aspect because each time a crime is committed, police will take it seriously and a through investigation must be carried out.

“At the moment, police can’t say if the incident has any involvement to cause disturbance during the election, but I can assure the people of Sabah that police are on top of it and can assure that no unwanted incident will happened during election day,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hamza said yesterday’s early voting for civil servants went smoothly without any incident.

He said about 5,684 police officers, personnel and General Operation Force (PGA) personnel and their spouses have cast their vote yesterday.

Hamza added that 55 army from the Royal Malaysian Army and their spouses also cast their vote at the officers Mess.

He said 24 voting centres have been open for general police and six voting centres for the PGA throughout the state