No criminal elements in Sarawak mall explosion, say cops

Personnel from the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department at the scene of the explosion yesterday. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: Police investigations have found no militant or criminal elements relating to the explosion at the CityOne Megamall here yesterday.

Sarawak deputy police commissioner Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said the incident which occurred at 3.30pm yesterday left three men dead and 44 others injured.

“The case involving the three dead victims has been classified as sudden death.

“The team at the hospital has also conducted post-mortems on the deceased, and two of the victims’ reports have been completed while one is still underway,” he said after visiting the site of the incident here today.

Meanwhile, Kuching district police chief ACP Ng Ah Lek said a 29-year-old Indonesian worker was also injured in the incident.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman said the department had also brought in a tracking dog to ensure no victims were left buried beneath the rubble.

“We have also taken samples of the gas (at the scene) for inspection at the laboratory to identify the source of the explosion,” he said.

He added that a viral message claiming there was a crack in the wall of the mall’s upper floor after yesterday’s gas explosion was false.

State Department of Occupational Safety and Health director Dr Nor Halim Hasan said the agency would investigate whether the workspace safety rules and regulations had been adhered to at the site.