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Published: Friday September 7, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday June 2, 2013 MYT 3:38:49 AM

Police shoot dead four suspects wanted for 15-armed robberies

IPOH: Four men in black, believed to be foreigners and linked to 15 armed robberies in Perak, were gunned down by the police during a shootout in Taman Meru 2C here early Friday.

Earlier, the four had alighted from a Proton Wira Aeroback with guns blazing, following a 30-minute chase by two patrol cars, which saw the vehicle skidding, and coming to a halt at a lane.

Despite a police order to surrender, the robbers charged at them with guns and machetes before they were shot dead in the 3am bloody encounter near a housing estate.

About an hour earlier, the robbers were spotted behaving suspiciously in the Meru area in Jelapang, prompting the public to contact the police to investigate their movements.

Perak police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the police were forced to return fire at the four armed men out of self-defence, killing them on the spot.

He said the dead foreigners did not possess identification documents and were in their 20s and 30s.

He said initial investigations revealed the four were linked to 15-armed hold-ups in Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar, Sungai Siput and Taiping.

"(The modus operandi of the robbers was that) They would strike after prying open the iron-grille doors and windows of their homes while the victims were asleep in the wee hours of the morning.

"The gang was behind an armed robbery at a housing estate in Puncak Meru on Aug 30, whereby the victim lost RM9,000 in cash and valuables, and another RM200,000 heist at a company house in Meru Valley Golf where a Japanese business consultant and his wife, and a trainee were help up.” he said to reporters

Police recovered from the dead men a revolver containing a round of ammunition and four spent shells, a pistol and a magazine, three machetes, knuckle-duster, metal cutter and zinc cutter.

Also seized were three laptop computers, three digital cameras, five cell phones, two wrist-watches, two jade lockets, 569,000 Japanese yen, 78,000 Indonesian Rupiah, RM285 and an electronic gadget, believed to have been robbed from victims in Meru and Jelapang.- Bernama

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