A handbag and cosmetics seller was detained on suspicion of selling illegal air guns during a police raid at Arshad Shopping Complex in Keningau at 2pm on Sunday. Photo credit: Fardy Bungga

KOTA KINABALU: A handbag and cosmetics seller was detained on suspicion of selling illegal air guns during a police raid at Arshad Shopping Complex in Keningau at 2pm on Sunday.

Police found a home-made bakakuk rifle, several air guns, a silencer and various kinds of bullets and air gun pellets.

State police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said the 36-year-old suspect took police to another place in Keningau town where nine more air guns were seized.

Initial investigations established that the suspect, who is from the peninsula, had been living in Sabah for 13 years and had admitted to selling air guns for six months.

“Following the suspect’s detainment, police detained another man who supplied the air guns, which he admitted came from a neighbouring country,” Omar told a press conference at the state police headquarters here.

“The 32-year-old suspect from Kampung Pagalungan, Keningau, then revealed another suspect aged 40 from Kampung Gaulan, Keningau, who has the expertise to modify and fix air guns and bakakuk rifles.”

Omar said two other men aged 29 and 30 involved in selling air guns were also held.

All five suspects have been remanded until Tuesday. Police are now looking for the people who bought air guns from them.

The case is being investigated under Section 7 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 for selling firearms, which could lead to a death sentence or lifelong imprisonment if found guilty.

In an update on the case of two Indonesian citizens who were kidnapped while fishing in Semporna waters on Tuesday, he said, the kidnappers had not made any ransom demands.

“We are working with the neighbouring country’s authorities (Philippines) to track the suspects. Normally, the abductors will place their victims at a safe place before calling family or employers for ransom,” he added.

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