KUALA LUMPUR: Five suspected armed robbery gang members were shot dead at their makeshift hideout in Bukit Lagong, Sungai Buloh after they charged towards a police ambush team with parangs (machetes) and a gun.
Following a tip-off, police surrounded the robbers’ hut in a wooded area behind the Sungai Buloh Hospital at 6.15pm yesterday and ordered them to surrender.
“Instead of surrendering, the robbers rushed out of the hut with parangs. One of them had a gun and he fired one shot towards the police before they were killed in a hail of bullets,” said Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar.
DCP Khalid said that the robbers, aged between 25 and 40, were believed to have been responsible for about 20 house break-ins.
He said the robbers, armed with parangs, would break into a home, tie up the residents and make off with the valuables.
“Victims who resisted would be injured,” he said.
He said the gang members wore talisman that would ostensibly make them invincible.
He said the gang was believed to have been active for about six months and might have buried their loot around the hut. Police are searching to see if the loot can be retrieved.
Meanwhile, in Shah Alam, Bernama reports that a restaurant owner was found dead with his hands and legs bound and his mouth gagged in an oil palm plantation at Puncak Alam, here yesterday afternoon.
Selangor CID deputy chief ACP Khaw Kok Chin said police found the body of the victim, only known as Gan, 50, believed to be a victim of an abduction cum robbery that happened in Damansara on Friday.
Gan, and a male relative were on their way to Batang Kali after a wedding when three men, who introduced themselves as policemen, abducted them.
“However, the relative managed to free himself and sought help from villagers after he and Gan were dumped into the bonnets of abandoned cars about 200m apart,” he said, adding that Gan could have died about 24 hours ago,” he said.