2016 Movida Bar grenade attack

2016 Movida Bar grenade attack
Part of Spillover of the Syrian Civil War
Location Puchong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date 28 June 2016
02:15AM MST (UTC+08:00)
Target Civilians
Attack type
Grenade attack
Weapon Grenade
Deaths 0
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[1][2]
Assailants Imam Wahyudin Karjono
Jonius Ondie
Number of participants

On 28 June 2016, a bar located in the suburb of Kuala Lumpur was attacked by two attackers who threw a grenade into the bar while 20 customers were watching the UEFA Euro 2016 match between Italy and Spain. The attack injured eight people, including one foreigner from China. The attackers left the scene with their motorcycle after the incident but were subsequently arrested following a series of investigation. The attack was described as the first ever Islamic terrorism to the country perpetrated by the Malaysian members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[3]


Although Malaysia is located far from the major conflicts in the Muslim world of Middle East, the growing Islamic extremist, religious bigotry as well with the religion politicisation in the country, had led to radicalism.[4][5] In addition to there is no condemnation from the Malaysian government itself for the radical actions of Malaysian IS supporters.[6] Until 2015, there have been around 200 Malaysian Muslims who had joined the Islamic State (IS) in its fight in the Syrian Civil War and Iraqi Civil War to establish a modern Islamic caliphate. Many of this returnees has been brainwashed by their leaders in Syria and Iraq to fight their own countrymen who did not shared the same ideologies with their although if they are Muslims too.[7] Following the rise of extremism among Malaysian Muslims which have since threatening the government and country, the authorities have arrest many of the IS followers and blocking their entrance to the country as well for them to go to Syria, of which this is believed to be the main cause many of the Malaysian IS members and supporters who reside in the country decide to rebel against their own country and government.[7]


Shortly after the attack, the deputy police chief of Selangor state Abdul Rahim Jaafar ruled out the possibility of terrorist attack,[8] and said the cause was due to business rivalry, revenge, or a target killing as similar attack was happened in 2014 when a man was killed and 13 others injured after a grenade exploded outside a pub in Kuala Lumpur that linked to gambling kingpin.[8][9][10]

According to a Facebook post released shortly after the incident, the director of the bar Roger Hew claimed preliminary investigations revealed that the incident caused by "an Indian couple" that was targeted by another two Indian men due to personal matters.[11] However, according to Sin Chew Daily who posted a screenshot of a Facebook post under the account "Abu Hamzah Al-Fateh" (the Facebook account is known to be associated with a Malaysian man fighting for the IS in Syria, although the post is not publicly visible). The owner of the account reportedly wrote that two members of "junud khilafah wilayah milazia" [sic] had targeted a nightclub full of "heathens" who had not respected the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with "immoral acts". The user urge other Muslims to stay away from places like this to avoid becoming targets.[11] The IS claim were also supported with a statement issued by an ISIS platform monitored by the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.[2]


On 4 July, Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar finally confirmed that the attack was perpetrated by Malaysian IS members.[1] The outcome was met with shocked and anger by many Malaysians.[12] Following more investigation been done, around 15 people (from different states of Perlis, Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Penang and Sabah) have been arrested including two police officers with many of them are related to IS, while two people that are suspected for throwing the grenade were also arrested.[3] Malaysia's IGP said the attack was directed by a Malaysian residing in Syria named Muhamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi (nom de guerre Abu Hamzah) who direct his men to launch attacks in their home country against senior leaders in the government and the Royal Malaysia Police, as well as judges because they trying to block militant activity.[12] Wanndy also reportedly have warned that there will be more attacks to come although this was denied by most experts as their group did not have resources to launch a bigger attack.[13] However, all these claims were denied by Wanndy itself, saying that:

Those are serious allegations to make me as scapegoats. They (police) are cooking up stories as revenge towards me and manipulating facts of the arrests to divert the people’s attention from Malaysia’s current issues, which are getting worse. Those arrested are mere supporters, who expressed support for the Islamic caliphate, and they have never received instructions from me to launch attacks on leaders and judges, as claimed by the IGP.[14]

The two perpetrators who threw the grenade that have been caught identified as:

Both suspects have admitted to their charges of attempting to murder eight people and having a grenade and also pleaded guilty to other eight charges.[15][16] Their charges including a long-term jail up to 30-years for their murder attempt and another 14 years jail together with caning (rotan) for their possession of explosive as well another 30 years jail or provides for life imprisonment for becoming a member and supporting terrorist activities.[17] Preliminary investigation revealed they obtained the grenade from a neighbouring country.[18]

Another two that are believed to be involved in the planning of attack are identified as:

Both also have since been arrested during anti-terrorism operations that been carried out from 20 July–9 August.[19][20]


Victims by citizenship
Citizenship Injuries
 Malaysia 7
 China 1
Total 8

No deaths were reported after the incident, but eight people are injured during the blast. Most of the victims are Malaysians itself while another one is a woman tourist from China.[21]


Following the attack, the Royal Malaysia Police and Malaysian Army have start to beefing security to prevent more attacks in the future.[22] US State Department has plan to set up a data centre in Malaysia following the attack to curb further IS propaganda.[23]

See also


  1. 1 2 "Nightclub blast in Puchong linked to IS: Malaysian police chief". Bernama. Channel NewsAsia. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  2. 1 2 Deborah Cassrels (30 June 2016). "Islamic State claims Kuala Lumpur nightclub grenade attack". The Australian. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. 1 2 M. Kumar (4 July 2016). "Cops confirm Movida bombing first ever IS attack in Malaysia". The Star. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  4. "Asri cautions against blind support in the name of Islam". Free Malaysia Today. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  5. Antonio Navalón (24 August 2016). "Malaysia the Normandy of Islamic State?". New Straits Times. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  6. Jessica Chasmar (25 June 2014). "Malaysian PM tells ruling party it must be brave like ISIL: report". The Washington Times. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  7. 1 2 Julien Gradot (21 October 2015). "Why Malaysia has a problem with Islamic State". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  8. 1 2 Rozanna Latiff; Simon Cameron-Moore (28 June 2016). "Grenade attack on Malaysian pub wounds eight, police rule out terrorism". Reuters. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  9. Hariz Mohd; Hani Sharmira Shahrudin (28 June 2016). "Puchong grenade attack: Business rivalry or revenge?". New Straits Times. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  10. Thasha Jayamanogaran (10 October 2014). "Grenade attack linked to gambling kingpin, source says". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  11. 1 2 Sumisha Naidu (28 June 2016). "Eight injured in blast at nightspot in Puchong, Malaysia". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  12. 1 2 Sumisha Naidu (5 July 2016). "Malaysians angered by Puchong nightclub blast linked to IS". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  13. Hariz Mohd (5 July 2016). "IS warns of more attacks in Malaysia". New Straits Times. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  14. "IS militant in Syria denies ordering Movida attack". Free Malaysia Today. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  15. "Letupan Bom Puchong: Dua Lelaki Didakwa Lakukan Perbuatan Pengganas" (in Malay). mStar. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  16. Wani Muthiah; Maizatul Nazlina; Austin Cameons; D. Kanyakumari; Ashley Tang (26 July 2016). "Movida bombers unfazed by charges". The Star. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  17. "Long jail term plus rotan if guilty". Daily Express. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  18. "Movida club bombing was Daish's work - IGP". Astro Awani. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  19. Ida Lim (4 July 2016). "IGP confirms IS linked to Movida nightclub blast". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  20. "Malaysia Arrests 9 People over Links to IS". Latin American Herald Tribune. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  21. "Malaysia: Puchong Nightclub Explosion Caused By ISIS Members?". The Coverage. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  22. Farik Zolkepli (19 July 2016). "Malaysian police beefing up security in wake of IS threats". The Star/ANN. AsiaOne. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  23. "US to set up centre in KL to combat IS propaganda". Free Malaysia Today. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.

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