Sus­pected gang­sters shot dead

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GE­ORGE TOWN: Three for­eign­ers, be­lieved to be mem­bers of the ‘Ran­tau Gang’, were shot dead by po­lice in a forested area af­ter at­tempt­ing to en­ter a bun­ga­low in Tan­jung Bun­gah, here early yes­ter­day.

Pe­nang CID deputy chief (In­teli­igence /Op­er­a­tions ) ACP Rahimi Raais said po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion on the break-in at­tempt at 4.20am and a pa­trol team in the area was despatched to the scene.

“On ar­rival, the po­lice­men found the trio try­ing to en­ter the bun­ga­low but fled to the forested area on notic­ing the pres­ence of the po­lice.

“A chase en­sued for about 500 me­tres and as the po­lice­men were try­ing to trace them in the for­est, they came un­der sud­den at­tack by the sus­pects who were armed with ma­chetes.

“The po­lice­men had no choice but shoot at the sus­pects in self­de­fence,” he told Ber­nama.

All three, be­lieved to be in their 30s, were hit and died at the scene, he said.

Rahimi said po­lice did not find any iden­tity or travel doc­u­ments on them and be­lieved the gang has been ac­tive in the state the last few months.

The gang mem­bers are be­lieved to be hold­ing out in iso­lated ar­eas and of­ten tar­geted lux­ury homes, he said, adding that their haul was likely to run in the tens of thou­sands.

The bod­ies were sent to the Pe­nang Hos­pi­tal. — Ber­nama

Tan (seated cen­tre) and his of­fi­cers show pho­to­graphs of the raid at a press con­fer­ence.

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