IGP warns gangs over Molotov cocktail attack on cops

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police today warned gangsters over their “macho” display against the department, following the arrest of six individuals in connection with a Molotov cocktail attack on a police station in Kedah.

In issuing the warning, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the six men who were arrested a day after the incident on Saturday, were affiliated to Geng 24.

“They thought they were brave by throwing a petrol bomb at the police station, but we caught them soon after the incident.

“They wanted to prove that they are still relevant gang members but they couldn’t get away with it. At the end of the day, they ended up in our lockup,” he told reporters at an event in Bukit Aman here this morning.

A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the entrance of the Kuala Muda district police headquarters in Sungai Petani early Saturday.

The Star reported that the incident occurred near the gate of the main entrance at about 3.30am.

According to a source, a policeman on sentry duty saw two men on a motorcycle, suspected to be gang members, trying to hang a banner on the gate.

The duo fled on their motorcycle when the sentry approached them. However, before leaving, one of them threw a Molotov cocktail at the entrance, that left a black scorch mark on the road.

Police later found a banner with the phrase “last warning for PDRM”.

It is believed the incident could be related to a recent crackdown on gang members in the state.

But Khalid said that the gangsters should not provoke the men in blue.

“There is no need to show how brave you are as a member of a gang by attacking us with a petrol bomb. Don’t challenge us.”

In April, Geng 24 came to light after two video clips emerged showing a group of individuals, including students in school uniform, gathering in front of a school.

The clip showed the group creating a ruckus by letting off firecrackers and unfurling a banner with the number 24, apart from cutting a cake with the wordings, “SMK Sri Andalas 24 Apache”.

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