IPOH - A policeman, who was to be married this Sunday, was killed after cigarette robbers he was chasing rammed their car into his motorcycle on Monday.
L/Kpl Mohd Azuan Abdullah, 25, was thrown off the motorcycle and landed in a ditch in Batu 10 near Alor Pongsu while pursuing two vehicles used by robbers in a cigarette heist.
State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said L/Kpl Mohd Azuan died on the spot in the 10am incident.
He said the deceased and his partner, who were part of the Kerian district police motorcycle patrolling unit, had identified a Toyota Wish and a Honda Civic used by the robbers in the heist.
"The two had responded after receiving a call from the public about the heist some 30 minutes before that.
"In the pursuit, the deceased was knocked down by the suspect in the Honda Civic.
"His partner was also hit by the car and was seriously injured. He is being treated at the Parit Buntar Hospital," he told reporters.
L/Kpl Mohd Azuan's body had been sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here for post-mortem. The Toyota Wish was later found burnt in a banana plantation near Lunas in Kedah, some 60km away from the scene.
North Seberang Perai OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said police are on the heels of the suspects.
"We believe the suspects abandoned the vehicle there, burnt it and fled on foot," he said when contacted.