Bod­ies of 4 Myan­mar na­tion­als found

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN

KOTA BARU: The bod­ies of four men re­cov­ered from an un­der­growth in Ba­chok on Sun­day have been iden­ti­fied as Myan­mar na­tion­als be­lieved to be the vic­tims of a spill-over of com­mu­nal vi­o­lence in their coun­try.

They are be­lieved to have died in the hands of their fel­low coun­try­men af­ter be­ing ab­ducted from their work­place a week ago.

The vic­tims, whose heads were cov­ered with plas­tic bags, were stabbed to death else­where be­fore their bod­ies were dumped next to a padi field in Kam­pung Tan­jung Hilir.

A passer-by who sensed a stench em­a­nat­ing from the un­der­growth called the po­lice upon find­ing the bod­ies at 7pm yes­ter­day.

Ke­lan­tan po­lice chief Datuk Dr Ab Rah­man Is­mail said yes­ter­day that the vic­tims were work­ers who were re­ported to have been ab­ducted by a group of masked men at a con­struc­tion site in Tun­jong on Oct 25.

He said two of those ab­ducted were among the dead.

The vic­tims, who were in their 20s and 30s, had stab wounds to the ch­est and ab­domen.

Ab Rah­man said re­li­gious con­flict be­tween eth­nic Myan­mar groups is highly likely to be the mo­tive be­hind the mur­ders.

The killings were a reemer­gence of a spill-over of re­li­gious sen­ti­ments among Myan­mar mi­grant work­ers in Malaysia, with many sim­i­lar cases re­ported in the Klang Val­ley and Pe­nang in 2014.

About two dozen Myan­mar Bud­dhists and Mus­lims were killed at the time.

The spo­radic at­tacks be­tween the groups here were even­tu­ally con­tained when po­lice rounded up thou­sands of Myan­mar na­tion­als and recorded their iden­ti­ties.

They were later freed af­ter be­ing warned of stern ac­tion if caught tak­ing part in any at­tacks.

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