4 CIVIC GANG MEM­BERS DIE IN SHOOTOUT

Po­lice have been mon­i­tor­ing them for past 3 months

New Straits Times - - News -

FAISAL ASYRAF KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

WHILE targeting their next vic­tim, the four rob­bers were too pre­oc­cu­pied to no­tice that they were be­ing mon­i­tored.

The four In­done­sian men, known to po­lice as the Civic Gang as they used a Honda Civic, fol­lowed their vic­tim from a bank in Sri Gom­bak to the Malaysian In­sti­tute of Trans­la­tion and Books (ITBM) in Sec­tion 10, Wangsa Maju.

There, they made their move. One of the men grabbed a bag con­tain­ing the money as the vic­tim, a 32-year-old man from China, ex­ited his car.

The rob­bers then ran to their Honda Civic, but found that they had been sur­rounded.

Sec­onds af­ter the noon rob­bery took place, their car was blocked by sev­eral un­marked po­lice cars.

Cor­nered, the rob­bers shot at the po­lice­men, who re­turned fire. All four were killed.

City po­lice Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment chief Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Rusdi Mohd Isa said the Chi­nese man had with­drawn RM40,000 from a bank in Sri Gom­bak.

He said the rob­bers, aged be­tween 37 and 49, had fol­lowed the vic­tim and struck when he alighted from the car in which he was trav­el­ling.

Po­lice re­cov­ered the stolen money and seized two guns and ma­chetes from the gang’s ve­hi­cle.

A source said po­lice had been mon­i­tor­ing the gang mem­bers for the past three months.

“These were no­to­ri­ous men as they were be­lieved to have pulled off more than 30 rob­beries in the cap­i­tal and Se­lan­gor.”

A wit­ness, who wanted to be known only as Faridzul, said he was in his of­fice, 20m from the scene, when he saw sev­eral cars block­ing a Honda Civic.

“All of a sud­den, I heard gun­shots. Ini­tially, I thought they were fire­crack­ers.

“About 20 armed plain­clothes po­lice­men sur­rounded the Honda Civic. One of them was hold­ing a Glock 9mm pis­tol in his hand.

“The shootout lasted sev­eral min­utes, then ev­ery­thing went si­lent. By then, one of the rob­bers was sprawled on the road. I be­lieve he was try­ing to es­cape as he was head­ing down­hill.”

Faridzul said no less than 10 shots were fired by po­lice and the gang mem­bers.

He said af­ter a short while, another ex­change of gun­fire was heard be­fore po­lice moved in to check the Honda Civic.

A cashier at a nearby Petron sta­tion, who wanted to be known only as Nu­ratikah, said there were a few cus­tomers at the sta­tion when the shootout oc­curred.

She, too, said there were a series of gun­fights.

“I heard the gun­shots. My col­league ran into the shop and told me not to go out as po­lice were fir­ing at some men.”

PIC BY SAIRIEN NAFIS

The scene where a shootout be­tween po­lice and the Civic Gang took place in Sec­tion 10, Wangsa Maju, yes­ter­day.

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