Fleeing robbers die in crash

SUNGAI SIPUT, Malaysia - Two robbers were killed and another escaped after their stolen vehicle collided with a lorry in Kampung Temin near here Wednesday.

Minutes earlier, they had robbed the owner of the vehicle who had been on her rounds collecting loan payments.

Sungai Siput police chief Superintendent Azman Salim said one of the suspects was killed at the scene while the second suspect died at Sungai Siput Hospital.

He said a third suspect escaped in another car and police were tracking him down.

"Investigations found that one of the dead suspect is a 37-year-old man from Kuala Kangsar, while the other, 42, is from here."

Azman said in the noon incident, the 22-year-old woman, who worked with Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia, was on her rounds collecting loan payments when her Proton Saga was blocked by a Proton Wira with the three suspects.

He said two of the suspects, one armed with parang, alighted from the Proton Wira and forced the woman to get out from her car.

"The suspects drove off with the victim's car and collided head-on with the lorry."

Azman said police recovered an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim's car.

"The victim was unharmed."

Sungai Siput assistant fire officer Zul Azman Jamaluddin headed the operation to remove the bodies trapped in the wreckage of the car.

He said fire and rescue personnel rushed to the scene after receiving a call at 12.24pm.