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Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 6:47:00 PM
Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:47:58 PM
by tan sin chow
Police officers carrying out investigations at the apartment in Sungai Nibong
GEORGE TOWN: The five men who were gunned down by police early today were behind 12 shooting cases in three states, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
The five were shot dead in an ambush by a special police team at an apartment at about 5am in Sungai Nibong here
"All the cases took place over the past year, with the latest in Penang," Khalid said.
He said police laid an ambush at the apartment block before moving in.
"We were shot at first before we acted in defence and shot them down," he said.
He said police were tracking down several other members of the gang believed to have been involved in the murders and shootings.
"Preliminary investigation indicates that one of the five shot dead today was the leader of the gang. The gang moved about on the orders of the leader and based on its targeted victims.
"It does not stay in any one place for long so as to avoid detection by the police," he said.
Khalid said police had been monitoring the gang for several months and had set up a special team to investigate all the murder and shooting cases.
"The investigation and intelligence gathered resulted in today's success," he said.
Replying to a question, Khalid said the gang members offered themselves for hire to kill or shoot but they had also killed and shot people out of vengeance and other motives.
He also said that four of the five men had several previous criminal records.
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