Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian police on Monday shot a sword-wielding couple outside the prime minister?s department in the country?s administrative capital. The male attacker later died in hospital, police said in a statement. The couple had appeared at a complex of the prime minister?s department which houses the economic planning unit, among others, and waved their swords in an aggressive manner.

Guards refused to allow them to enter whereupon the couple suddenly brandished their swords at the guards, entered the complex area and smashed the windscreens of cars parked nearby, police said. Police said they were forced to open fire as the pair became more agitated after attempts to calm them down failed. The man was shot in the arm while the woman was hit in the leg.

They were admitted to a local hospital where the male attacker was confirmed dead on arrival. Police said they did not have the identities of the couple nor the motive for the attack. An official with the prime minister?s department confirmed the incident and said Prime Minister Najib Razak?s office was in the adjacent building.

The official, who declined to be named, told AFP that Najib was in his office during the incident in Putrajaya, the new administrative capital some 30km from Kuala Lumpur. The incident comes as election fever heats up with the opposition gearing to wrest power from Najib?s ruling National Front coalition which has been in power for the last 50 years.

Najib is expected to call elections in the next few months.


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