MALACCA - Two men, suspected to be Gang 04 and Gang 36 members, were shot dead during a shootout with police here.
The incident occurred at about 9.20am yesterday when policemen approached a Perodua Myvi with the two men inside. The car was parked at the roadside near a hypermarket in Cheng here.
When the officers were about to question the men, the suspects suddenly opened fire at them.
The officers, who were startled by the shots at first, fired back. The shootout lasted for about 10 minutes before the suspects were killed.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who rushed here from Bukit Aman, said police recovered two guns and some cannabis from the car.
He added that the suspects were linked to seven murders, an attempted murder and two robberies.
Khalid said one of the suspects, nicknamed "Teratai Boy Johor" had 10 criminal records, while the other had drug-related offences.
"Teratai Boy was involved in criminal cases in Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Kedah and Penang in the past two years," he said.
"Following the incident, we raided a house in Ayer Keroh and picked up a couple, aged 34 and 35, who were suspected to have been involved in several of the robberies.
"We also seized a BMW car, fake police badges and some house break-in tools from the house," he said.
"We are checking whether the two men were contract killers."