TANGKAK – Three men, believed to be involved in a series of armed robberies in Johor, were killed in a shootout with police in Parit Bunga here, this morning.
State police chief Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd (REPEAT: Mohd) said in the 9.50am incident, a police team patrolling the area received a tip-off from members of the public on a suspicious-looking BMW car.
“During the patrol, the police bumped into the car and ordered the driver to stop the vehicle but later (they) heard gunshots. Subsequently, we fired back in self-defense.
“Upon inspection, the three men with no identification documents were found dead in the car. We also found a revolver and a homemade pistol with bullets,” he told reporters at the scene here today.
Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said police believed they had solved 10 armed robbery cases involving about RM700,000 in losses, including the latest case in Johor Bahru last week.
He said police also believed that the trio were members of a robbery syndicate in the state with their network extended to as far as Kelantan and had been targeting the people using ATM for cash withdrawal as their modus operandi.
“They are on mobile. We believe we have crippled the syndicate with the death of the three men. We also believe we will hunt down the remnants of the syndicate,” said Wan Ahmad Najmuddin.
He said initial investigation revealed that the car was not stolen and police were still closing in on the owner.
“I would like to advise members of the public to exercise caution when withdrawing cash at the bank. Try to reduce the withdrawal amount and get the security services if there is a need to withdraw in large amount, especially when paying salary. – BERNAMA