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SUNGAI PEPETANI: A housewife was critically injured while her 11-year-old nephew escaped with slight injuries after a small parcel, containing a home-made bomb, exploded at their house in Taman Angsana Sari, here, yesterday.
In the 9.20am incident, the 48-year-old woman and the boy had just returned from the market when she picked up the parcel — the size of a pencil box — that was placed near the front gate of her home.
Tan Cheng Fang, 48, the wife of a businessman here, suffered injuries to her hands and stomach while the boy sustained slight injuries to his hands, legs and ears.
Her 48-year-old husband, who runs a noodle factory, was at home at the time.
He sent them to a private hospital before she was transferred to Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital.
At press time, Tan was said to be in critical condition and was undergoing an operation. The boy received outpatient treatment.
Kuala Muda District deputy chief Superintendent Ong Aik Chang said business rivalry could be the motive for the attack.
He said the victim’s husband had received a mysterious call the previous day.
The caller said he would be sending a special parcel.