GERIK: Three men high on the wanted list have been shot dead at Jalan Intan here following a gun battle with the police.
The incident is believed to have taken place at about 1.40am on Tuesday when police tried to stop the vehicle they were travelling in.
The suspects opened fire at the police, who then retaliated in self-defense.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police had to return fire and the men were killed during the exchange. Khalid said two pistols, bullets, mobile phones and pliers were discovered in their car.
He added that the three suspects hailed from Kelantan, and had committed several criminal acts including murder, attempted murder, car theft and robbery.
"Among the cases they were involved in the last six months were the murder of a steamed rice seller in Terengganu and attempted murder of a single mother in Pahang," he said.
Khalid said the police suspected that they were organising criminal activity in Perak.
He said the operation, which was under Ops Cantas, was carried by Bukit Aman police and the Perak and Pahang state contingent police headquarters.