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Published: Saturday September 15, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday June 1, 2013 MYT 11:38:35 PM

Trader killed in robbery

TEMERLOH: A trader was killed and his wife left fighting for her life after they were attacked by three armed robbers on their way home.

Abu Talib Yadin, 56, from Kampung Baru Simpang Songsang near here died about 200m from his house when he was stabbed by one of the robbers after putting up a fight in the 2am incident yesterday.

His wife Siti Rohani Salleh, 48, is still being warded at the Sultan Ahmad Shah Hospital here in a critical but stable condition.

She was stabbed on her abdomen by the robbers who had earlier intercepted their car by the roadside.

Pahang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani said police have launched a manhunt for the robbers, in their 30s and 40s.

DCP Sharifuddin said the couple was on their way home after closing their shop at the Temerloh rest and recreation area.

“Their car was suddenly blocked by another vehicle driven by the three men along Jalan Melati.

“The victim could not stop the car on time and rammed into the front portion of the other car,” he said. The three robbers rushed out of their car and smashed the windows of the couple's car.

DCP Sharifuddin said Abu Talib was overpowered and stabbed to death on the spot.

Siti Rohani was also stabbed but managed to run out of the car and sought help.

“The robbers fled with about RM4,000 in valuables comprising RM700, jewellery and three cellphones.

Eyewitnesses told police they saw a red car speeding away from the scene, heading towards Temerloh town from the village.

DCP Sharifuddin said forensic police found 11 fingerprints at the scene and were tracking down the culprits.

He said police were investigating the case as murder-cum-robbery and would also investigate the possibility of business rivalry and revenge.

A neighbour Hamidah Ismail, 29, said she heard a loud commotion and saw Siti Rohani rushing towards her house covered in blood.

“I woke my husband and opened the front door.

“Siti Rohani was badly hurt and was pleading to us to help her husband,” she said, adding that she fainted shortly after.

Hamidah said she got an ambulance to send her neighbour to the hospital.

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