Terrorism ruled out as cause of JB explosion


SUBANG JAYA: Early findings have ruled out terrorism as the cause of the explosion at a petrol station in Johor Bahru this afternoon that claimed one life.

Speaking about the explosion, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, said, “So far there is no proof linking the explosion and/or fire in the petrol station to terrorism. I ask that we not speculate. Early findings show that there is no link to terrorism.

“I don’t want to speak too much about our early findings. Allow the Fire Department and PDRM (police) to continue investigations first.”

Khalid however did say that police were currently running through all possibilities, including sabotage.

“We were definitely concerned that terrorism was a possibility. But that’s been ruled out,” Khalid told reporters.

According to reported initial findings, the explosion occurred at the station’s NGV compressor facility during maintenance work.

Petronas Dagangan Berhad also confirmed that one of their contractor’s employees died in the incident.

Police have also confirmed that the incident was in no way related to the deadly fire that broke out at Sultanah Aminah Hospital hours earlier.