LATEST: Police have confirmed that the explosion was due to a bomb. The fourth victim of the blast, Sharifah Azlina Hashim has died in hospital, http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2014/12/29/pregnant-woman-succumbs-injuries-sustained-gurun-explosion/
Updated – 5.38pm, 29 Dec 2014
A blast yesterday evening killed a soldier, his 8-year-old daughter and another young child as well as seriously injuring his wife in Taman Ria Mesra, Gurun.
The impact of the strong explosion hit at least eight homes, knocking down walls – see picture below – and damaging two cars.
According to news reports, the Kedah Fire and Rescue Department said initial inspection points to explosives. The police bomb squad would also be called to the scene.
The fatal incident was reported in the website of the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC), i.e. a caucus of the government MPs – below.
Earlier this week, rumours were rife in the social media that there would be terrorist attacks during Christmas. A police spokesman had however dismissed what she called an “irresponsible” story and advised the public not to believe “such false information”.
More details are expected to emerge soon about the army personnel Ayob Hashim blown up in the mishap and whether he had access to or expertise with explosives.