6 suspects have been arrested in relation to the JB petrol station murder
New Straits Times reported that four male suspects in their 20s were arrested today, 21 December to facilitate investigation into the murder of a man at a petrol station in Johor Bahru on Sunday, 17 December.
The first two suspects - a 19-year-old girl and a 22-year-old man - were picked up
yesterday, 20 December. Magistrate Noor Aishah Ahmad issued a seven day remand order extension on the six suspects.
The authorities have yet to disclose the victim's identity. Meanwhile, there have been reports that the man's rival gang placed a bounty on him on 18 November, offering RM23,888 for information on the victim's whereabouts and a reward of RM32,888 if he was brought in.
TUESDAY, 19 DECEMBER: Man who was murdered at a petrol station in JB is a 'kongsi gelap' leader
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed today, 19 December, that the attack was part of an ongoing feud between two secret societies.
"Police are hunting down four suspects who have been identified.
"The possibility of retaliation is there since it involves secret societies, and the police are prepared to face such possibilities. We have the police's Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism (STAGG)," he said, as reported by New Straits Times (NST).
Zahid did not name the two groups involved in the clash or specify the reason behind it.
MONDAY, 18 DECEMBER: A man was stabbed and ran over twice by a car at a petrol station along Jalan Sri Pelangi in Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru last night
The video of the incident that happened around 7.30pm yesterday, 17 December, has gone viral on social media.
New Straits Times (NST) reported that the victim, a man believed to be in his 30s, was filling up his tyres when he was attacked by four men who came in a white BMW.
In the video, the assailants can be seen trying to pull the man into their car, but the man put up a struggle and was stabbed several times by the perpetrators.
The assailants then got into their car, threw an explosive device, believed to be a firecracker, at the victim. They circled the petrol station and ran over the victim twice before fleeing the scene.
It was reported that the victim was with a female companion, a foreigner in her 20s who managed to escape the assailants.
"A foreign woman, who claimed to be the victim's wife, was inside the vehicle and she immediately ran for help," said Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd, as reported by The Star Online.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The authorities have launched a manhunt for the suspects involved in the murder and urged members of the public to contact the police if they spot the suspects' car, a white BMW with the registration plate number WB79L
A 55-year-old man who was identified as the owner of the BMW used in the attack, has been placed on the wanted list.
According to a report by Malay Mail Online, parts of the Johor Bahru city centre have been put on a lockdown and all active police units in Johor Bahru Utara and Iskandar Puteri districts are also on standby.
While the motive of the attack remains unclear, the case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Johor CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Azman Ayob has urged the public to stop and avoid speculating on the identities of the four suspects
This comes after photos of men, who are allegedly part of the suspects list, were circulated on social media yesterday.
"Investigations are still ongoing and police will update the public on the situation once there are developments.
"For their part, the public should refrain from circulating wild speculations that can interfere with our investigation," stressed Datuk Azman today, 18 December, as reported by The Star Online.
The video of the incident can be viewed here: