A BOMB explosion at a bistro near the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur early this morning has left at least 8 people injured.
However, police confirmed that the attack on the nightspot in IOI boulevard, Puchong, was not an act of terror, local media reported.
According to The New Straits Times, the explosion happened between 1 and 2am while some 20 patrons at the nightspot were watching the Euro 2016 football match between Italy and Spain on the club’s outer terrace.
A witness said two men were seen hurling an object towards the crowd seconds before the explosion which left eight people, including women, wounded.
Four men and four women, including a female Chinese national, were reportedly injured in the incident. They were rushed to Hospital Serdang and Hospital Sunway for treatment. Authorities have yet to reveal the extent of their injuries.
Shortly after the blast, a team of firemen was dispatched to the scene along with the police Forensics and K9 Units to search for evidence.
There were conflicting reports on the explosive device used to carry out the attack, with some saying it was a grenade, while others said it was a petrol bomb.
Although the nation has seen a spate of gun violence in recent weeks, bomb attacks are extremely rare.
Selangor state police deputy chief Abd Rahim Jaafar said police are probing the motives for the attack. The authorities are investigating whether it was fueled by business rivalry, vengeance, or if the suspects were targeting specific individuals at the nightspot, according to The Star.
“At this point it could be anything, the attack could have been fueled by revenge or the suspects could have been targeting specific individuals at the bar,” Malay Mail Online quoted him as saying.
He added that police have classified the case as attempted murder.