Homemade bomb explodes, killing motorcyclist near Sibu

POLICE in the Meradong district near Sibu are investigating an incident where a motorcyclist was killed and his pillion rider seriously injured after an explosive device they were carrying blew up yesterday afternoon.

Meradong police chief Sekam Anoi said Lawrence Lujang, 23, died at the scene near a longhouse on Jalan Sungai Pidi in the district while his pillion rider, identified as Ching Lamba, 53, was seriously injured in the legs and taken to the Sarikei Hospital for treatment.

“Police received a call from the public at 6.24pm informing that a loud explosion was heard on the road leading to the Mandau longhouse in Bakong,” he said in a statement here today.

He said the case had been classified under Section 5 of the Explosives Act 1957 and preliminary information obtained found that the device carried by the two men was believed to be homemade and to be used to hunt animals in a nearby forest.

“Investigations are still under way to identify the type and method used to make the explosive device.

“Police take this act seriously as it did not only endanger themselves but also the public,” he said. -Bernama