Wednesday January 10, 2007
Two detained after police find grenade in car
KUALA LUMPUR: Police said Wednesday they arrested two Malaysian men after discovering weapons, including a hand grenade, in their car, but denied they presented a terror threat.
The men were detained in Kuala Lumpur before dawn after a police patrol car tailed them and stopped their car suspecting they had been drinking, said area police chief, Mohamad Zulkarnian Abdul Rahman.
Police found a hand grenade, a Chinese-made pistol and seven bullets, and a nine-inch knife hidden under the seats, he said.
"We suspected they were drunk so we stopped them at around three this morning, coincidentally next to the Kuwait Embassy,’’ he told The Associated Press.
"We are still investigating their motive but they are not terrorists.’’
The suspects were a 35-year-old Malay man who was a former police constable and a 29-year-old ethnic Chinese man who has previously been jailed for robbery, Zulkarnain said.
They are held on police remand and may be charged under the FireArms Act, he added. - AP