JAN 15, 2004 THU

Cops seize fake guns from Malaysian mall

KUALA LUMPUR (Malaysia) -- Police seized 60 fake guns -- including real-looking assault rifles and machine-guns -- from a store in northern Malaysia and said they were investigating whether they had been used in recent armed robberies, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

Officers raided the store at a mall in Penang state on Wednesday after receiving a tip-off, the New Straits Times reported.

Police arrested one store worker and seized the fake weapons along with bullets, imitation grenades, spring-loaded knives and martial arts weapons, including throwing stars.

The store's owner was still being sought, the report said, citing an unnamed police spokesman.

The report said the imitation weapons were believed to have been made in China.

Gun ownership is strictly controlled in Malaysia, where offenders can face long prison terms, large fines and whipping. -- AP

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