K9’s findings tally with FI’s, says state fire chief

Khirudin (centre) with state K9 chief Dominic Girai (left) and public relations officer Muhammed Mirza Dzalmira Miraj speaking to reporters at Cityone Mall.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Dec 5: Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba)’s initial investigations into the explosion at CityOne Megamall by their fire investigation (FI) team are “parallel” with the findings by its K9 unit.

State Bomba director Khirudin Drahman said: “Today, we used our forensic dog Sue from the K9 unit to ensure that there are no other elements such as bombs or other criminal elements other than (what was discovered through) our initial investigation that it was caused by gas leakage.”

Three people died and 41 were injured when the explosion at a soon-to-be-opened food outlet rocked the mall at 3.37pm yesterday.

Bomba state director Khirudin (second right) with forensics personnel at the blast site.

Speaking to reporters at the scene today, Khirudin said judging from the pattern of the blast via CCTV recording from the mall and injuries on the victims, “we believe they are parallel.”

“Both teams have taken samples, which they will send to the laboratory for confirmation.”

Meanwhile, another forensics team from Putrajaya is scheduled to arrive at 4pm today.

“The team from Putrajaya will confirm our findings and hypotheses. I’m sure the hypothesis found by our FI staff and Sue tallies,” he added.

Bomba forensics personnel at the CityOne Mall blast site.
Khirudin (white helmet) with forensics personnel at the CityOne Mall blast site.

Bomba also deployed another K9 cadaver dog Clif to help with the search and rescue operations to sniff out other possible victims trapped in the rubble yesterday evening. — DayakDaily