'It was like thunder' - Singaporean victim in Bukit Bintang bomb attack recounts ordeal

The Singaporean who was among the 13 people injured by a rare grenade blast early Thursday morning is well, but said he is in the dark about what triggered the attack in downtown Kuala Lumpur. -- PHOTO: CHINA PRESS
The Singaporean who was among the 13 people injured by a rare grenade blast early Thursday morning is well, but said he is in the dark about what triggered the attack in downtown Kuala Lumpur. -- PHOTO: CHINA PRESS

The Singaporean who was among the 13 people injured by a rare grenade blast early Thursday morning is well, but said he is in the dark about what triggered the attack in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Wong Kim Teng appeared calm and was alone when The Straits Times met him at the Ampang Hospital on Thursday evening. The 67-year-old said he had five stitches after suffering injuries to his legs.

He declined to say why he was at the Bukit Bintang shopping district at 4.30am, when the grenade went off, beyond saying he was "a visitor".

"I was just getting to my car when suddenly there was an explosion," Mr Wong said, recounting his ordeal from his hospital bed.

He added: "It was like thunder. And then suddenly I saw blood all over me. I'm sorry, I have no other news or information on what happened."

Mr Wong had earlier been treated at the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital before being transferred to Ampang. Sources said he was "in a daze" prior to his treatment.

He was among four non-Malaysians injured outside the Cherry Blossom karaoke club in the Bukit Bintang tourist hub. The three other foreigners who were injured included two mainland Chinese nationals and a Thai.

A 36-year-old Malaysian car jockey was killed by the blast.

shannont@sph.com.sg