8 injured in Malaysia hand grenade attack

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RIVALRY ANGLE SUSPECTED Malaysian forensic experts inspect the site of grenade attack at a restaurant in Puchong district outside of Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. Eight people were injured. AFP PHOTO

RIVALRY ANGLE SUSPECTED Malaysian forensic experts inspect the site of grenade attack at a restaurant in Puchong district outside of Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. Eight people were injured. AFP PHOTO

KUALA LUMPUR: Eight people were injured after a hand grenade was thrown at a restaurant in Malaysia’s central Selangor state, police said on Tuesday, citing business rivalry rather than terrorism as the likely motive.

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Abdul Rahim Jaafar, state deputy police chief, told Agence France-Presse that the attack on the Movida restaurant in busy Puchong district was probably the result of a business conflict or revenge.

“Eight people were injured in the hand grenade attack early Tuesday. One of them, a man, is in serious condition,” he said.

Abdul Rahim said initial investigations revealed that the assailant threw the explosive at a particular couple in the outlet.

“I rule out terror attack. The blast is likely motivated by business rivalry among the local gangsters or a revenge attack,” he said.

News reports said the blast occurred when some 20 patrons in the restaurant were watching Italy play Spain in the Euro 2016.

In a similar attack in 2014, a Malaysian man was killed and 13 people, including Singaporean, Thai and Chinese tourists were injured, after a bomb exploded in front of a pub in Kuala Lumpur.

AFP

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