GEORGE TOWN - Police yesterday said the elite police team involved in the gun battle with five suspected gang members in Pantai Jerejak had followed standard operating procedures.
State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi refuted claims made in some news portals that the raiding team had used excessive force in carrying out their mission.
"Only a few shots were fired when we took them down."
Rahim was supporting Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar's statement that only a few shots were fired during the gun battle with the gang members who were believed to have been responsible for at least 10 murders in Kedah, Penang and Negri Sembilan.
Rahim confirmed that four police reports were lodged by family members of the slain men who had demanded further investigations into the deaths. He declined to elaborate.
He said police had also obtained fresh leads in 10 unsolved firearms cases in Penang.
"We have also identified the suspects linked to the cases and it is just a matter of time before we bring them in."
He also assured that public order and peace would always be maintained.