Hand grenade found on street in Kuala Lumpur commercial district

Other News Materials 15 February 2008 08:11 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- A man working at a food outlet in Kuala Lumpur found a hand grenade concealed beneath leaves on the pavement in the Malaysian capital's commercial district, news reports said Friday.

Mohamad Falini Moktar, 25, said he found the grenade late Thursday after removing the leaves that camouflaged the suspicious-looking object and immediately informed security personnel.

A police bomb squad safely detonated the bomb two hours later with two fire engines and two ambulances on standby, causing traffic along roads surrounding the area to be reduced to a crawl.

The site was several hundred metres away from a police-training centre, an Army camp and the Defence Ministry.

"We had to detonate it on the spot as we feared moving it might trigger an explosion," city police chief Muhammad Sabtu Osman told the New Straits Times newspaper, adding that police would investigate the origins of the explosive.