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Thursday April 10, 2008

Robbers shoot six at KLIA, flee with RM3.5m

SEPANG: Armed robbers shot six people in a three-minute heist at the KL International Airport and escaped with S$1.5mil (RM3.5mil) yesterday.

In the 7.30pm incident, two moneychangers were walking to Gate 8 with the money and two security guards when six robbers alighted from a BMW car and confronted them outside the gate.

The robbers, believed to be armed with two automatic pistols, shot at the legs of the four men, who collapsed.

An off-duty lance corporal and a Nepalese worker who happened to be in the area were also shot in the legs.

Marking the spot: Police officers collecting evidence outside the KLIA departure hall after the shootout yesterday. — DARRAN TAN/ The STAR

One of the robbers then grabbed a bag containing the money, which was to be deposited at an outlet on the fifth floor of the airport complex, and they fled.

The guards opened fire at the getaway car, but did not manage to stop the robbers, which included a woman.

Police later found 40 bullet slugs on the floor.

Sepang OCPD Asst Comm Zahedi Ayob said the moneychangers and guards were seriously injured.

“The robbers grabbed the bag containing the cash and fled in a vehicle believed to be a four-wheel drive.

“As the armed robbers were making their getaway, the two security guards fired at them but missed,” he said.

The six victims were taken to a clinic in the airport and later rushed to the Serdang Hospital.

A victim: One of the people who was shot as the robbers made their escape.

It is learnt that one of the security guards is a policeman from the city police headquarters.

Police believed the robbers were involved in robbing a man later in Putrajaya.


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