Attack at Indian Malaysian wedding leaves one dead (Lead)

June 29th, 2008 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS  


Kuala Lumpur, June 29 (IANS) A Hindu wedding here turned into a tragedy after the bride’s brother, who tried to disrupt the marriage, was shot by a guest. The bride’s brother and five others, who apparently did not approve of the marriage, disrupted the wedding ceremony. They faced unexpected resistance when one of the guests, a police detective, retaliated by firing at them.

As startled guests retreated in fear, the official fired several rounds from his service revolver, The Star said.

The newspaper’s website, Star Online, reported Sunday evening that the bride’s brother, 23, one of the six attackers, died in a city hospital.

The group, including a woman, was armed with chains and parang, a type of Malay machete. They Friday ordered the wedding to be stopped, and began attacking the guests.

The incident took place at a sports complex at Sungai Besi, a mining and industrial town in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

“They began shouting and warning the crowd that the wedding should not be held. Then they started attacking the guests,” said Ahmad Amir Mohammed Hashim, Cheras police assistant commissioner.

“A police detective from K.L. headquarters, who was invited as a guest, identified himself as a policeman to the group and warned them to stop violence, but they charged at him, forcing him to fire four shots,” he said.

Two members of the group were arrested.

He said six guests suffered minor injuries and the wedding was postponed indefinitely.

The police did not disclose the names of the couple and the dead man.

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