Grenade thrown into pub leaves 8 injured

Forensic officers gathering evidence at the pub in the IOI Boulevard mall in Puchong, near Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. Patrons were watching a Euro 2016 football match when a hand grenade exploded at about 2.15am. The police said the incident was not an act
Forensic officers gathering evidence at the pub in the IOI Boulevard mall in Puchong, near Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. Patrons were watching a Euro 2016 football match when a hand grenade exploded at about 2.15am. The police said the incident was not an act of terror. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Attack at mall near KL being investigated as murder attempt

SERDANG • Eight people were injured after a hand grenade was hurled into a pub at a mall in Puchong, Selangor, early yesterday morning, but police said the incident was not an act of terror.

Selangor deputy police chief Abdul Rahim Jaafar said the incident occurred at about 2.15am as patrons at the pub in the IOI Boulevard mall were watching a Euro 2016 football match, The Star reported.

Four men and four women, including a female Chinese national, were taken to hospital for treatment, the report said.

Police were investigating the attack as a case of attempted murder, Datuk Rahim was quoted as saying, adding that it had been ruled out as a terror incident.

Investigators were looking into whether the attack was motivated by business rivalry or vengeance, or if the suspects were targeting specific individuals at the nightspot, reports said.

Two of the people injured were Mr S. Jaiseelan and his wife Bavani. The couple were at the pub for a surprise wedding anniversary celebration that Mr Jaiseelan had thrown for his wife, Bernama reported, citing his younger brother S. Kavilan.

Mr Kavilan said his brother had been admitted to the High Dependency Unit of the hospital for serious injuries on his neck and leg, while Ms Bavani, who fractured her wrist, was to undergo surgery later yesterday.

A club employee told the New Straits Times two men were seen hurling an object towards the crowd before an explosion occurred in the open-air terrace of the the pub. Another staff member said more than 20 patrons were at the pub at the time of the attack.

A security guard said he saw smoke billowing from the nightspot after the explosion. He saw three people injured by broken glass.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2016, with the headline 'Grenade thrown into pub leaves 8 injured'. Print Edition | Subscribe