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Malaysian cops warn against election-related violence

Over 100 cases of violence daily as campaigning for polls hots up

Published on Apr 25, 2013 7:25 AM
Two petrol bombs were hurled at a BN election operations room at Sekinchan in Selangor yesterday. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Malaysian police warned they will crack down on any attempt to stir public unrest as the election campaign gathered momentum, leading to more than 100 cases of poll-related violence daily across the country, including a minor bomb blast in Penang.

A second explosive was found by police just hours after the first one went off in the middle of a Barisan Nasional (BN) rally on Tuesday night, Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi said yesterday in a briefing to reporters at the scene.

One BN campaign worker was injured by the first bomb, while the second one was detonated by the police before it could go off.

The Penang blast came as campaigning for Malaysia's most closely fought election in decades revs up.

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