Police – Blast at BN ceramah caused by IED; second device found

(The Star) – The explosion at the Barisan Nasional ceramah in Taman Jawi Jaya late Tuesday was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED), police said.

Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the device was believed to be made by a group of professionals.

A second such device was also found in the area around 2am, and disposed by the bomb squad at 3am.

The explosives had a timer and wires in them, but no splinters inside, DCP Abdul Rahim told a press conference Wednesday.

A man was slightly injured after what was initially believed to be firecrackers exploded during the ceramah in Taman Jawi Jaya here.

The man, an unidentified party worker in his 30s, was walking past a rubbish dump when the explosion occurred around 10.15pm.

He was said to have sustained minor injuries.

At the time, Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Teng Hock Nan was speaking at the ceramah, which was attended by about 3,000 people.