Triads believed to be behind brutal murder at Johor petrol station

The man killed in a brutal petrol station attack is believed to be a triad leader.
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The brutal murder of a 44-year-old man at a petrol station in Johor Baru was part of a fight between two triads, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Tuesday (Dec 19).

Video footage of the horrific murder has gone viral on social media. In it, the victim can be seen getting out of his car at a petrol station to check on his tyres. He was then caught by surprise when four men in a BMW attacked and stabbed him in the chest.

The attackers then threw some firecrackers at the station before running their car over the victim twice and speeding off.

At the time of the attack, bystanders at the Taman Pelangi petrol station appeared to be unaware of what was really going on. Many reportedly assumed that it was simply a fight between two parties until it was too late.

The victim has so far been identified only as Ah Chiu, and is believed to be the leader of a triad syndicate.

Police have zeroed in on the reason and have identified the four assailants. A manhunt has been launched to nab the suspects,” Dr Ahmad Zahid, was quoted by The Star as saying.

Chinese media had earlier speculated that the murder could have been the work of bounty hunters. According to the reports, there was a reward offered for information on the deceased.