SUNGAI PETANI - Three armed men, said to be part of a robbery gang, were killed in a shootout with police at an oil palm estate in Jalan Kuala Ketil here.
Kedah police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said the trio, aged between 25 and 30, were spotted in a silver Proton Perdana by an Ops Cantas Khas team in Bukit Selambau at about 4.30am yesterday.
"When the eight-man team approached them, they sped off .
The team then gave chase in their two cars and were led to the oil palm estate where they were shot at.
"In self-defence, the team killed the three armed men. One of our team members, an inspector, was shot in the abdomen but escaped injury because he wore a bullet-proof vest," he said at the scene yesterday.
SDCP Ahmad said a loaded .38mm pistol, several parang, burglary tools and some drugs were found in the car.
He added that no identification documents were recovered, leading police to believe that they were foreigners.
"Our investigations showed that the men were involved in a number of armed robberies and burglaries in the district.
"We are also checking with our counterparts in Penang and Perak to see if they had been involved in similar cases there.
"A check showed that the car used by the three men was reported stolen in George Town, Penang, last week. We are also trying to determine if there are other members still at large," he said.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar congratulated the Kedah Ops Cantas Khas team on Twitter for successfully busting the armed robbery gang.