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Penang police solve 23 Myanmar killings

 | December 1, 2014

Seven Myanmar nationals detained following rise in the number of foreigners killed in the state.

myanmarGEORGE TOWN: Police have concluded that the savage killings of 23 Myanmar nationals, males aged between 20 and 40, in Penang recently were linked to ethnic tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar.

A police source who disclosed these details said a special task force from Bukit Aman managed to piece together the story after picking up a key suspect, a Muslim from the Arakan district in Myanmar, last week. The suspect reportedly led police to six other suspects who were also detained to assist in the probe into the killings of the 23 Myanmar nationals.

The main suspect has since confessed, according to the source, that he had a hand in the killings.

“The main suspect said six of his family members were killed during communal clashes in his home state a year ago. We are now piecing the connection between all 23 cases to see if they were linked,” the source said.

“The root of the killings has been identified and we hope to wrap up investigations in the next few weeks.”

Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi, in a brief statement, confirmed that seven Myanmar nationals had been detained following the recent rise in the number of foreigners killed in the state.

“So far, they have been very cooperative. We have had some developments regarding the suspects,” he said in advising the public not to speculate.


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