Police seize explosives hidden under tree

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IPOH: An assortment of explosives, hidden under a mangosteen tree behind a house near Taiping, were seized by police last month.

The explosives, including six detonators, three barrels of chemicals, a packet of steel nuts and a box of plant tonic fertiliser, were found on Dec 18 at Kampung Air Kuning, Jalan Changkat Jering.

Perak police deputy chief Hasnan Hassan said a police team detained a 38-year-old woman in connection with the seizure.

The suspect, from Kuala Krai, was released on bail following a week-long remand, he said in a statement here today.

He said initial investigations revealed the explosives belonged to the suspect’s husband who was serving time for a drug-related case.

Hasnan said police had not ruled out the possibility that the explosives could have been meant for drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

He said the crime rate in Perak had dropped to 5,846 cases over the past year when compared with 6,228 cases in 2015.

On crime-prevention operations in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, Hasnan said the state police were launching “Op Limau” from Jan 1 to Feb 12.

“In addition, the police will conduct ‘Op Selamat’ from Jan 21 to Feb 5 to ensure people return to their hometowns safely,” he said.