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‘Protesters snatched cop’s pistol’

 | April 28, 2012

The police also claimed that protesters overturned a police vehicle near Sogo as well.

UPDATED

KUALA LUMPUR:  The police claimed that protesters have snatched a pistol belonging to one of their personnel outside the Sogo shopping complex.

In a Facebook posting this afternoon, the police advised the public to be careful because “anything could happen” in view of the firearm theft.

The police also claimed that protesters had overturned a police vehicle near Sogo as well.

However, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein tweeted that the weapon had been later recovered.

“Latest update, two policemen injured and admitted. Snatched pistol was recovered,” he said.

168 get medical treatment

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Hospital head of the emergency and trauma department Abu Hassan Asaari Abdullah told reporters that a total of 168 people were treated.

He said 65 were treated at the hospital, with seven being warded. The rest were treated at the mobile clinics set up at various points in the city.

Out of the 65, 20 suffered medical conditions such as heart attacks and diabetes-related complications while the rest sustained injuries during the protest.

Among them, Abu Hassan said, was a journalist and two policemen.

There were also rumours circulating about a death during the protest, with some claiming that it was a Bersih supporter and others saying that it was a traffic policeman.

At press time, this could not be confirmed.


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