KUALA LUMPUR: Police have busted a syndicate of hired killers believed to be responsible for a series of murders, with the arrest of five men including a soldier during separate operations in the Klang Valley.
Five pistols and about 300 ammunitions of various types were recovered from the suspects, aged between 25 and 35.
The seized items, believed to have been smuggled in from neighbouring countries, were sent to the Forensic Department for tests.
Sources said the suspects were believed to be members of the gang which was also linked to the killing of two loan sharks near Genting HIghlands last month.
The gang was also involved in armed robberies, illegal money lending and other serious crimes.
Sources said a police team from the city serious crimes division first detained three men at a discotheque in Ampang at 2am on Thursday following a tip-off.
Police arrested an army corporal in Jalan Semarak the next day. Follow-up investigations led them to a mechanic.
One source said the mechanic then led police to a house in the city where they seized the pistols – three automatics and two revolvers – and the ammunition.
The suspects have been remanded for several days to help in the investigations.
On June 19, three people who were in a taxi killed loan sharks Loh Cheng Hye, 42, and Ti Chee Khew, 29, while they were driving down from Genting Highlands at 3.30am.