3 ARMED ROB­BERS SHOT DEAD

For­eign sus­pects wield­ing ma­chetes charged at cops in for­est

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION - HADZLIHADY HAS­SAN cnews@nstp.com.my

PO­LICE shot dead three men dur­ing an en­counter at Pun­cak Bukit Mu­tiara in Tan­jong Bun­gah here yes­ter­day. The three men — be­lieved to be for­eign­ers in their 30s — had charged at the po­lice­men with ma­chetes in the 5am in­ci­dent.

The po­lice­men were re­spond­ing to an emer­gency call by a fe­male res­i­dent in the area that prowlers were at­tempt­ing to break into her house.

When they ar­rived at the lo­ca­tion, the three sus­pects fled into a for­est.

“Dur­ing the pur­suit, the three men tried to turn on the po­lice­men us­ing parang,” said Pe­nang’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment (in­tel­li­gence/op­er­a­tions) deputy chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Rahimi Raais.

“The of­fi­cers were forced to open fire.”

He said the iden­ti­ties of the dead men had yet to be es­tab­lished.

He added that the three were be­lieved to be be­hind at least eight house break-in cases on the is­land’s east coast.

He said the foren­sic team was prob­ing the lo­ca­tion of the in­ci­dent.

PIC BY MIKAIL ONG

A team of foren­sic of­fi­cers at the lo­ca­tion where three rob­bers were shot dead by po­lice of­fi­cers in Pun­cak Bukit Mu­tiara, Tan­jong Bun­gah, yes­ter­day.

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