Shot dead - four who preyed on Malaysian VIPs

KUALA LUMPUR - Four robbers, believed to be the ones who recently robbed the house of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, have been shot dead by police in a shootout.

The robbers, believed to be Indonesians, are part of a gang called Gang Ah Fatt, have been actively robbing VIP houses since 2008.

The gang had, at 3.30am yesterday, robbed the house of a VIP in Bukit Antarabangsa and were hiding out in an apartment unit belonging to one of the suspect's family in Hiliran Ampang Public Housing Project (PPR) on Jalan Ampang Putra.

They had later met up with their middleman in the apartment.

Unknown to them, a team of policemen were getting ready to move in.

Police quietly apprehended the middleman, a local, when he exited.

They then stormed into the apartment, said City police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh. The robbers were caught by surprise and fired upon the policemen when they rushed in.

"My men had to return fire and all four robbers were killed in the fire fight," he said when met at the scene yesterday.

Police recovered a pistol and several stolen items from the gang's recent robbery of an apartment unit.

SDC Mohmad said that police are still hunting for two more members of the gang who are said to be armed and dangerous.

"The group had three pistols which they robbed from their victims but we only found one.

"So we believe that the remaining two robbers have the other two pistols," he said.