Wounded Malacca attack victim feared she’d die

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PETALING JAYA: “Am I going to die?”

These were the words uttered by 24-year-old Nuraqedah Aiena Hassan, who was wounded in the Malacca amok attack yesterday, to her neighbour Norashikin Aripin, who had come to her aid.

Nuraqedah was bleeding profusely from the head, following a violent attack by a suspected drug addict at their home in Bertam Malim early yesterday, which also left her parents and her 22-year-old brother dead, reported The Star.

Norashikin told the daily that she had rushed over to Nuraqedah’s house after she heard cries for help, thinking their neighbours were being robbed only to make a shocking discovery.

“I told her that everything was going to be okay,” the 33-year-old said.

Norashikin said she then saw the family’s 80-year-old matriarch, Siti Khatijah Muhammad pointing her hand to the rooms in the house.

It was then she saw the victims lying in pools of blood.

“I panicked and ran out from the house towards my husband,” she said when recounting the ruthless killing of the three people. Also injured in the brutal attack was Nuraqedah’s sister, Noraslinda, 27.

In yesterday’s incident the suspect had allegedly used a sharp object to slash the throats of an elderly couple – Hassan A. Wahab, 70 and Mariah Baharom, 62. The third deceased was the couple’s 22-year-old son Taufik Hassan.

The 26-year-old attacker, who has previous drug-related records, is believed to be a family member. According to The Star, the suspect was the adopted grandson of Siti Khatijah.

The English daily also quoted another neighbour, who declined to be named, as claiming that the suspect had been reprimanded many times by his grandmother for his drug habit.

“We could often hear him arguing with the family members. He was always asking them for money,” he was quoted as saying.