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2 Indonesians gunned down in Malaysia

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    The Star/ANN

George Town, Malaysia   /   Tue, April 19, 2016   /  09:37 pm
2 Indonesians gunned down in Malaysia Bullet holes riddle a police car involved in the shootout at Mount Erskine in Penang, Malaysia. (The Star/ANN/-)

Two Indonesians were gunned down in a shootout with the police at Mount Erskine in Penang, Malaysia, after they committed a robbery.

Two accomplices, however, managed to escape during the 4:30 a.m. incident Monday.

The gang had earlier robbed a house in Lengkok Halia, some 1.3 km away from the scene of the shootout.

Penang police chief Comm Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab said a patrol car was dispatched to the house after the police were alerted to the robbery at about 2:30 a.m.

“After a short chase, we managed to stop the suspects near a Chinese cemetery in Jalan Mount Erskine.

“Just as our officers were alighting from the patrol car, the robbers came out and fired at them.

“Two of the suspects were shot dead in self-defense while two others fled into the cemetery,” he told a press conference at the Penang police headquarters.

Comm Abdul Ghafar said his officers were not hurt during the shootout, but their car bonnet was hit by two bullets.

“We recovered a semi-automatic pistol with three live bullets at the scene.

“We also found a black bag with cash, jewelry and five mobile phones at the cemetery,” he said, adding that a crowbar, a steel cutter, a parang, a screwdriver, masks and other equipment were seized.

Comm Abdul Ghafar said the car was reported stolen in August 2015.

“We believe the Indonesian gang had been involved in at least 25 robbery cases since early 2015.

“I do not want to disclose too many details of the latest robbery as there are two suspects still at large,” he said.

The case is investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code.

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