KUALA LUMPUR - Three men were gunned down yesterday near the Sentul toll plaza in the Damansara-Ulu Klang Expressway (Duke) here after police tailed them for more than three hours following a robbery they had committed in Klang.
The three, believed to be Indonesians, were part of a group of robbers who targeted victims at automatic teller machines in Selangor. The incident unfolded when a 39-year-old woman was robbed at a bank in Bayu Perdana, Klang, at 11.30am, said Selangor deputy police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar. "As she drove off, two Proton Wira blocked the front and back of her car.
"An accomplice on a motorcycle smashed the victim's car window before grabbing her handbag, which contained RM2,000 (S$780) ." The state Criminal Investigation Department deployed a task force that spotted the two cars in Taman Sri Gombak. Realising that they were tailed, the robbers sped off. A pursuit ensued at 12.45pm.
"The robbers split up several times to shake off the team pursuing them. "Our men spotted one of the cars near the Sentul toll plaza in the Duke highway at 3.15pm. "The suspects shot at the police car approaching them. "This prompted police to return fire."
Rahim said the suspects shot dead were believed to have planned to regroup with their accomplices, who were parked near the toll plaza. "It is believed that their accomplices had fled after hearing the sound of gunshots. They abandoned their car."
A parang and a gun were found in the car of the suspects who were shot. The suspects were believed to be in their 20s. Checks revealed that the car abandoned by the accomplices was registered to an Indonesian.
"We are tracking down the car's owner. We will get him soon." It is learnt that a gang had used the same modus operandi in a robbery in the state three days ago, involving the loss of RM35,000.