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Charred body in rice field, believed to be murdered – Police

ALOR SETAR, March 17 (Bernama) — The charred body found in the rice field at Jalan Gunung in Anak Bukit here yesterday was believed to have been murdered, said Kedah Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Mior Farid Al Athrash Wahid.

He said further investigation of forensic experts at the scene found that there was no traces of burned rice straw underneath the body of the male victim and there was a possibility of the victim being killed elsewhere before his body was dumped in the area.

Our investigation found that rice straw burning activities in the area were carried out on March 1 and the body was only found yesterday. We are in the midst of identifying the identity of the victim, he said in a statement today.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Charred body in rice field, believed to be murdered – Police

ALOR SETAR, March 17 (Bernama) — The charred body found in the rice field at Jalan Gunung in Anak Bukit here yesterday was believed to have been murdered, said Kedah Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Mior Farid Al Athrash Wahid.

He said further investigation of forensic experts at the scene found that there was no traces of burned rice straw underneath the body of the male victim and there was a possibility of the victim being killed elsewhere before his body was dumped in the area.

Our investigation found that rice straw burning activities in the area were carried out on March 1 and the body was only found yesterday. We are in the midst of identifying the identity of the victim, he said in a statement today.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Sarawak records 34 cheating cases involving RM200,000 losses

MIRI, March 17 (Bernama) — The Sarawak police have recorded 34 cases of non existent loan frauds resulting in losses of RM244,495.04 from January to March 15, this year.

State Commercial CID chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said police were still conducting intelligence to attack and eradicate the non existent loan syndicates this year.

”The two latest cases took place in Miri involving a nurse and an offshore oil platform worker involving losses of RM5,560,” he said in a statement today.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Sarawak records 34 cheating cases involving RM200,000 losses

MIRI, March 17 (Bernama) — The Sarawak police have recorded 34 cases of non existent loan frauds resulting in losses of RM244,495.04 from January to March 15, this year.

State Commercial CID chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said police were still conducting intelligence to attack and eradicate the non existent loan syndicates this year.

”The two latest cases took place in Miri involving a nurse and an offshore oil platform worker involving losses of RM5,560,” he said in a statement today.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

New Zealand to Begin Releasing Remains of Mosque Shooting Victims

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Sunday that the body of at least one victim of Friday’s mass shooting at two mosques will be given to family members Sunday night.

Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall said her office is working as quickly as possible to make sure the office returns the right body to the right family. There could be nothing worse, she said than delivering the wrong body to a family.

Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha said Sunday that his office has met with leaders of the Muslim community to help them understand the lengthy autopsy process necessary for a criminal investigation, because it is traditional in Islam to bury a body within 24 hours after death.

The government hopes to return all victims’ bodies to their families by Wednesday. A preliminary list of victims has been released to families, police said.

Manifesto sent minutes before attacks

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Sunday that she was one of more than 30 recipients of a 74-page white nationalist manifesto emailed by shooting suspect Brenton Tarrant nine minutes before his terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques. He denounced Muslims and called immigrants invaders in the manifesto.

She said that it was emailed to her office and that she did not directly receive it and the document did not give a location for the attacks.

Ardern said 28-year-old Tarrant, an Australian citizen and self-proclaimed white nationalist who has been charged with murder in connection with the shootings will certainly face the justice system of New Zealand.

Earlier Ardern called the mass shooting an extraordinary act of violence. She said the shooter had five guns, two of them semi-automatic. All the weapons were legally obtained.

The prime minister asserted several times during a Sunday afternoon press conference that There will be changes to our gun laws.

Death toll at 50

The death toll in the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques Friday has risen to 50 after emergency workers found another body at Al Noor mosqueas they removed the victims. Forty-two people were killed at Al Noor, seven at Linwood mosque and one person died later at a hospital.

Ardern said 34 people remain hospitalized after being wounded in the shooting. Twelve of those people are in critical condition.

Tarrant, the suspect, was led by two armed guards into a Christchurch court Saturday where a judge read one charge of murder to him. He wore prison robes and handcuffs and did not speak.

Reporters in the courtroom said the suspect smiled during his appearance. A photo shows him holding his left hand in an upside-down OK symbol, a gesture used by white supremacist groups.

After the suspect left the court, the judge said that while there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others.

Tarrant has not yet entered a plea. His next court appearance is set for April 5.

Others face weapons charges

Three other people, a woman and two men, were also detained in connection with the shootings. The woman has been released without charge. A man in the car with the woman received firearms charges and he will appear in court Monday.

An 18-year-old man also has a court date Monday for possessing a firearm. He is not connected to the couple.

Police officials say they do not believe the men were linked to the shootings.

Ardern said Saturday that Tarrant’s onslaught was cut short when he was apprehended.

It was his intention to continue his attack, the prime minister said. Flowers, mementos, money

Residents of Christchurch have been bringing flowers and other mementos to a makeshift memorial, and an online fund for the victims gathered $684,000 in a single day.

The victims of Friday’s shooting included immigrants from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Mass shootings and violent crime are rare in New Zealand, a country of nearly 5 million people. Until Friday, the country’s worst mass shooting was in 1990, when a lone gunman killed 13 people in the small town of Aramoana.

Source: Voice of America

Sin Chew deputy chief editor dies in earthquake in Indonesia’s Lombok

JAKARTA, March 17 ( Bernama) — Malaysia’s Sin Chew Daily deputy chief editor Datin Tai Siew Kim, 56, was killed in an earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia, today.

A Malaysian Embassy spokesman said Tai died in the earthquake, measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale, which rocked Lombok in Nusa Tenggara Barat at 2.07 pm (3.07 pm Malaysian time).

North Lombok Regional Secretariat and Protocol head Mujaddid Muhas, in a statement, said there were 40 tourists, 22 of whom were Malaysians, at the Tiu Kelep Waterfall in Lombok when the quake struck.

Landslides occurred at the waterfall following the earthquake and an aftershock of 5.2-magnitude, he said.

“All the other Malaysians affected by the incident have been rescued. They include six injured people who are receiving treatment at a health centre in Lombok, said the Malaysian Embassy spokesman.

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 2.07 pm (3.07 pm in Malaysia) and had its epicentre 24 kilometres northeast of East Lombok in Nusa Tenggara Barat.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency said the earthquake was followed by an aftershock of 5.2-magnitude

Meanwhile, a tour agent in Mataram, who wanted to be identified only as Pak Arno, told Bernama when contacted that a group of 28 Malaysian tourists had arrived in Lombok on March 14.

Only 22 of them went to the waterfall while the six others remained at their hotel, he said, adding that all the tourists were scheduled to return to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow (Monday) night.

In Kuala Lumpur, the Foreign Ministry, Wisma Putra, confirmed the death of Tai.

It said in a statement that Tai and the other Malaysians were at the waterfall when the quake struck.

Expressing sadness over the incident, Wisma Putra advised the affected Malaysians to report to the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta or get in touch with it via telephone +62 813 8081 3036 or email, mwjakarta@kln.gov.my.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Sin Chew editor killed in Lombok quake

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 (Bernama) — Sin Chew Daily Deputy Executive Editor in Chief Datin Tai Siew Kim was killed in an earthquake measuring above 5.0 magnitude in Lombok island, Indonesia, earlier today.

She was 56 years old.

Bernama’s Mandarin Desk reported that Tai was holidaying in Lombok with her son and a group of her old school classmates.

They were on the island since March 14 and supposed to fly back to Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Her son, 20, was injured in the quake and is currently seeking treatment in a local hospital on the island.

Tai’s husband, China Press editor-in-chief Datuk Teoh Yang Khoon is scheduled to fly to Lombok tomorrow morning.

The first quake with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale took place at 2.07pm Western Indonesia Time and the epicentre was 24km northeast of East Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) reported that it was followed by another quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale with the epicentre 7km northwest of East Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara at 2.09 pm.

Her death was confirmed by the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia. It added that another six Malaysians who were at the Tiu Kelep Senaru Waterfall in Northern Lombok, when the quake occurred are still missing and unaccounted for.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)