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KLIA shooting: Gunman planned to shoot wife, also his business partner- police

PUTRAJAYA: The suspected gunman in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 1 shooting, Hafizul Harawi, 38, owns a travel agency with his wife, Farah Md Isa, who was his intended victim.

"The couple owns a travel agency and his wife was at the airport to greet the pilgrims returning from their Umrah trip," said Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain at a press conference earlier.

He added that she victim had lodged two police reports under Section 506 of the Penal Code, one in 2016 and another one last year.

"Following the report lodged last year, she hired personal bodyguards."

He added that police are taking statements from those who were present during the incident.

"At that particular time, there were about 30 people in the area, including members of the public and the airport's auxiliary police.

"It is unfortunate that it happened at the country's entry point."

Shuhaily said the police were made to understand that the suspect and the victim were in the process of getting a divorce.

The bodyguard who got shot and assigned to protect Farah is currently in critical condition.

Commenting on this, Shuhaily said; "We were informed that the bodyguard is in critical condition and has been put into an induced coma.

"Once he is stable, further treatment will be given," he said.

Asked if the incident would cause fear among travellers, Shuhaily said; "It is a clear-cut incident with a specific target or personal vendetta.

"Other than that, travellers should not be worried about safety at the airport.

"Nonetheless, we will sit down and review the safety measures arrangement at the airport."

Shuhaily added that the victim, who is pregnant, is currently having her statement taken by the police.

Asked about the need for police escort following the incident, Shuhaily said; "We will scrutinise it and just like any other case, she is free to move."

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