Malaysian police looking for family from Syria after hand grenade-like object found in their hotel room

SEREMBAN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The police in Malaysia's state of Negeri Sembilan are working with the federal police to trace the whereabouts of a Syrian family after a hand grenade-like object was found in their room at a four-star hotel in Port Dickson.

Port Dickson district police chief, Supt Adzli Abu Shah, said the police would also liaise with the Immigration Department to get more details, including when the seven-member family entered the country.

"However, we cannot say for sure if the object was indeed a hand grenade because the hotel employee only saw it.

"Still, on our part, we will not leave any stone unturned in our investigations," he told The Star Online.

It was reported that a hotel staff member found what looked like a hand grenade, kept under a pillow, in one of the connecting rooms the family had stayed for the night on Wednesday (Sept 14).

The family was in the process of checking out when a man came back to the room, took it and rushed off.

Supt Adzli said the family came to the hotel in a black Proton Saga a day earlier.

He said the police have yet to establish the identity of the car owner as it did not have information on the vehicle's registration number.

"We have been looking for the family around Port Dickson since yesterday (Wednesday) but haven't been able to trace them," he said, adding that the police was also looking for clues through the hotel's CCTV recording.

Supt Adzli said the police were also trying to establish if the family was connected to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group.