BINTANGOR, June 10: An unemployed man lost his life while his pillion rider sustained serious injuries after a homemade bomb of their own design which they had placed in their motorcycle basket exploded yesterday.
Bintangor district police chief DSP Sekam Anoi, who confirmed the case, said the police received a call at 6.24pm from a member of the public concerning a loud explosion near Rumah Mandau, Jalan Sungai Pidi Bakong.
A police team immediately rushed to the scene.
“Investigations showed that the homemade bomb, which was placed in the motorcycle basket had detonated, igniting the fuel tank in the machine,” he said.
DSP Sekam said the rider, aged 23, died on the spot while his pillion rider, 53, suffered serious injury to his legs and thigh.
He was rushed to Sarikei Hospital for treatment.
“Our investigation also revealed that the homemade bomb was to be used by the duo to hunt for wild animals in the forest,” he said.
DSP Sekam said the police viewed the matter seriously as such explosive items not only endangered the life of the maker but also that of the public.
The case is being investigated under Section 6 of the Explosive Act 1957. — DayakDaily