Suspected hit men hunted in Malaysia

AFP-JIJI

Malaysian police said Tuesday they were hunting suspected contract killers after a bank founder was gunned down in broad daylight in Kuala Lumpur, fueling fears of rampant violent crime in the country.

Police insisted that the streets were safe after Bahrain-born Hussain Ahmad Najadi, 75, was shot and killed Monday as he walked to his car in the capital.

His wife was also shot and wounded in the attack, one of several shootings around the country that were splashed across newspapers Tuesday.

Public concern has mounted in Malaysia over proliferating reports of brazen killings, armed robberies, and other crimes that have further tarnished the much-criticized police force, and led to accusations the government was covering up the extent of the country’s crime problem.