Firearms and drug smuggler shot dead


ALOR SETAR: A man, believed to be a firearms and drug smuggler, was shot dead by police at an intersection in Kampung Weng Dalam, Baling, yesterday.

Kedah police chief Asri Yusoff said in the 4.25pm incident, a police team on patrol approached a Toyota Vios car that had stopped by the roadside and told the driver, aged 41, to get out of the vehicle for an inspection.

However, he said the suspect, who remained in the car, fired several shots at the police and tried to flee the scene.

“The police returned fire and the shots hit the suspect on the chest and head,” he told a media conference here today.

Following a search of the suspect and the car, police found a semi-automatic Norinco pistol, eight transparent packets believed to contain heroin and two sets or false vehicle registration numbers.

Asri said following the incident, police went to the suspect’s house in Kampung Selarong, Perak, and found a home-made bomb, various types of live ammunition and 250g of syabu.

Police also detained the suspect’s wife, a Thai national in her 30s, he added.

In KUALA LUMPUR, two men believed to be criminals involved in robberies at various construction sites were killed in shootouts with the police in two separate locations here early today.

In the 3.30am incident, a team from the Serious Crime Investigation Division (D9) of the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters. that was patrolling the construction area in Bandar Baru Sentul, stumbled upon two suspicious-looking Proton Waja cars.

Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Mazlan Lazim said when both suspects became aware of the presence of police vehicles, they sped off in different directions.

“The D9 team then split into two to pursue the suspects. One of the suspect’s cars was intercepted in front of a mosque in Sentul.

“However, the suspect, in his attempt to escape, rammed the police’s car and shot at the police who had to return fire.”

Mazlan said the second suspect’s car was intercepted at Jalan Segambut.

“After hitting the police car, the second suspect shot at the police who returned fire in self-defence.

“Both suspects died on the spot.

He said investigations revealed that the two suspects, aged 46 and 26, from Penang and Kuala Lumpur, had criminal records involving burglary cases.

“We also checked the suspects’ cars and found two pistols, several live ammunition and bullet casings, three machetes and a cable cutter. The cars were filled with copper wire, believed to have been stolen.