KUALA LUMPUR: Two armed robbers were killed in a shootout with police at Bandar Baru Sentul and Jalan Segambut here this morning.
The men, aged 26 and 46, were shot dead when they fired upon policemen who had cornered them at the two locations at 3.30am.
The incident occurred when police, who were conducting operation “Ops Rantau: Tapak Projek” in Bandar Baru Sentul came across two suspicious-looking men who hastily left a construction site and sped off in two Proton Waja cars.
Police immediately gave chase.
When the duo noticed that they were being tailed by the police, they split up at the intersection near the Bandar Baru Sentul mosque. The 46-year-old man headed to the right, while the other fled to the left.
The 46-year-old man rammed his vehicle into a police car several times during the chase and fired several shots, prompting the cops to return fire.
The other suspect was killed along Jalan Segambut when he tried to shoot policemen who had cornered his car at the side of the road.
City deputy police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim said his men found guns, bullets, several machetes, and other items, including cutters, gloves and ski masks in both cars.
Police also found mounds of copper wire in both cars, believed to have been stolen from the construction site.
Mazlan said preliminary background checks showed that both suspects have records of multiple cases, including robbery and drugs.