Man killed after running amok at Malaysia PM's Department
"The man held the samurai sword to the policeman's neck and walked past the security post before releasing him." -The Star/ANN
PUTRAJAYA - The daily routine at Complex B of the Prime Minister's Department turned chaotic when a man and woman, seemingly harmless as they approached the entrance, suddenly whipped out samurai swords.
The pair triggered security to swing into action when they started to wave the swords menacingly.
The two damaged cars and attacked policemen before being shot. The man, identified as Khalil Afandi Abd Hamid, 37, later died at the Putrajaya Hospital.
When they showed up at the entrance of the office at 2.30pm yesterday, an auxiliary policeman rushed out to stop them from entering but was instead taken hostage.
"The man held the samurai sword to the policeman's neck and walked past the security post before releasing him," said Putrajaya OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Razak Majid.
"The duo then ran amok and smashed the windows of a Hyundai Accent and a Perodua Kancil parked in the open air car park of the complex," he said, adding that the rampage lasted about five minutes before an anti-crime squad arrived.
ACP Abdul Razak said the two were very aggressive and even attacked members of the squad by smashing the front windscreen of their vehicle.
At the same time, two officers arrived in another vehicle and attempted to apprehend the duo but they, too, were attacked.
"One of the officers then fired three shots, hitting the man in his left arm and groin, while the woman was shot in the thigh.
"The suspects were immediately rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital for treatment but the man died 15 minutes after arrival," he said.
Witnesses said the suspects, who had arrived in a car, initially looked calm as they walked towards the entrance.
However, as they got closer to the security post, the man started shouting, apparently complaining about the services of a government agency. They suddenly whipped out the swords and started swinging them, causing passers-by to run helter-skelter.
ACP Abdul Razak said they have yet to establish the motive, but suspected the two could be related to a deviationist sect.
Initial investigations showed the pair had only known each other for about a week and added that Khalil's wife had come to the hospital after being informed of the incident.
"The wife said the man had declared himself as Imam Mahadi'," he said.
Imam Mahadi is mentioned in several sunnah as the promised messiah who will arrive to reestablish uprightness before the day of judgement.
The husband of the woman also visited her at the hospital.
The female suspect, a 28-year-old mother of two, is being detained for further investigation.
ACP Abdul Razak said police recovered the two samurai swords from the scene.
The complex is located about 100m away from the Perdana Putra Building which houses the Prime Minister's Office.
Complex B houses, among others, the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu).
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