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A sergeant major shot himself during a firearm maintenance work at the Seri Alam District Police Headquarters Weaponry workshop, near Johor Bahru in Malaysia. The victim was found dead on the floor by one of his colleagues.

According to Bernama the sergeant has been identified as Abu Bakar Pander from Negri Sembilan and had been working in the police force for about 30 years.

Jokhiri Abd Aziz, Seri Alam district police chief Supt, said that the incident happened between 6.30am and 6.50am on Thursday when the 51-year-old officer was alone in the workshop. "A bullet accidentally fired from a pistol is believed to have hit him on the chest and he was killed on the spot," said Aziz, according to the news website.

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The office further informed that the autopsy carried out on the victim in at Sultan Ismail Hospital also confirmed that he died of the gunshot wound which punctured his heart. "There are no suspicious circumstances or criminal element involved," he added.

The police force has extended its condolences to the victim's wife and four children. Major Abu Bakar Pander has been buried at Haji Mohd Said Cemetery in Seremban, Negri Sembilan, according to the reports.