Suspect Arrested in Kuala Lumpur International Airport Shooting Incident

Malaysian police arrest suspect in KLIA shooting incident, raising concerns about airport security and illegal firearms. Investigations reveal personal motive, leading to plans to enhance security measures at Malaysian airports.

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Suspect Arrested in Kuala Lumpur International Airport Shooting Incident

Suspect Arrested in Kuala Lumpur International Airport Shooting Incident

Malaysian police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting incident that occurred at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 1 arrival hall on April 14, 2024. The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Hafizul Harawi, was apprehended in front of a private hospital in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, after a nationwide manhunt.

According to police reports, Hafizul opened fire at the entrance of KLIA's Terminal 1 arrival hall, targeting his estranged wife, Farah Md Isa. Two shots were fired, with one hitting Farah's bodyguard, Muhammad Nur Hadith, in the abdomen. Nur Hadith was admitted to the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

Investigations revealed that Hafizul had obtained the firearm, an Austrian Glock 19 pistol, illegally from a neighboring country. Police are also looking into how the weapon was smuggled into Malaysia. During the arrest, authorities seized the pistol, ammunition, firecrackers, a passport, foreign currencies, and identity documents belonging to other individuals.

Why this matters: The shooting incident at KLIA has raised concerns about airport security and the illegal possession of firearms in Malaysia. The arrest of the suspect and ongoing investigations aim to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the incident and prevent similar occurrences in the future.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department Director Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain stated that the main motive behind the shooting is believed to be personal issues between Hafizul and his wife. "Based on the information available, the motive for the shooting was related to personal issues between the two individuals involved, and there was no other apparent motive at this stage of the investigation," he said.

Hafizul, who is originally from Selangor, had stayed in a hotel in Kota Bharu under a false name to avoid detection. Police believe he was planning to escape to a neighboring country before fleeing to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The suspect has been remanded for seven days to assist in the investigation under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971.

Following the incident, the Malaysian government has announced plans to review and enhance security measures at the country's airports. Transport Minister Anthony Loke stated that the ministry will seek the views of various parties, including the Royal Malaysia Police and the National Security Council, to improve security aspects and consider the installation of scanners to detect prohibited items such as firearms.

Key Takeaways

  • Malaysian police arrested a suspect, Hafizul Harawi, for a shooting incident at KLIA.
  • Hafizul opened fire at his estranged wife, hitting her bodyguard, who is in stable condition.
  • Hafizul obtained the firearm illegally and was planning to escape to a neighboring country.
  • The shooting raised concerns about airport security and illegal firearms in Malaysia.
  • The government plans to review and enhance security measures at Malaysian airports.