AMPANG: Three suspected robbers, who had been using the abandoned Highland Towers as a hideout, were shot dead by the police during a special operation early Tuesday morning.
Selangor CID chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah said police received information at about 12am Tuesday about a group of burglars planning to rob homes in Ampang.
The targeted residential areas were located near the Highland Towers.
Following the tip-off, police uncovered the group's hideout on the first floor of the building and ambushed the six men at about 5am.
"The men started to run away. Some of them attempted to attack the police using a parang, sickle and an air pistol.
"Police opened fire in self-defence and shot the three men dead. The remaining three suspects ran towards the hill behind the Highland Towers.
A team, comprising personnel from the General Operations Force (PGA) and K9 unit, was deployed to track down the three suspects.
DCP Adnan said that Ampang Jaya police arrested a man, believed to be part of the same group, last March.
He added that the group, which has been active for at least two years, were believed to have committed 26 robberies around Selangor with losses amounting to RM 545,900.
Police recovered two bags containing handphones, gloves, face masks, a crowbar, a screwdriver and green cables used to tie up the victims.
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