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Family attacked by youths at beach

KOTA TINGGI: A day at the beach turned sour when a family was attacked by some youths.

The 18 family members were having a picnic at Desaru Beach at 7.30am Sunday when 14 youths attacked them using steel rods and wooden sticks.

The assault left six family members injured while their assailants fled in two cars.

Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Osman Mohamed Sebot said police soon tracked down the suspects at a fruit stall nearby some two hours later and arrested them.

"We believe they were under the influence of alcohol when they committed the offence.

"We will investigate further and we will explore all angles," he said, adding that such crimes would not go unpunished.

Supt Osman said the six victims sustained minor injuries and were not warded.

"Both groups were from Johor Baru and had been staying in Desaru since Saturday.

"The attack was caused by some argument between the groups," he said.

Supt Osman said the case had been classified under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting, armed with a deadly weapon.

"The suspects will be remanded on Monday," he said.

Supt Osman urged anyone with information to contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999 or go to the nearest police station.

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