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Bangladeshi among 3 killed in Malaysian police shootout

Police found a Glock 17 gun with seven bullets in the car

Update : 13 Mar 2024, 05:26 PM

One Bangladeshi and two Vietnamese were shot dead by Malaysian police during a gunfight as they were suspected to be members of the Centro Gang.

The gang was said to be responsible for several cases of breaking into jewelry shops, Malaysian newspaper, the Star, reported.

Police said the shootout occurred at about 11:30am, local time on Monday at KM17 of the Pekan-Kuantan bypass.

It ended with two Vietnamese men and a Bangladeshi, aged 36, 44, and 38, respectively, found dead in their car.

Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Yahaya Othman said the occupants of the car were earlier spotted behaving in a suspicious manner in the area of the Pahang State Development Board in Pekan by a police team.

Yahaya said the police ordered the car to stop but the driver sped off towards the bypass.

“A high-speed chase ensued before the suspects rammed their car into the rear of the police patrol car,” Yahaya said.

“When the police team alighted to carry out an inspection, the suspects fired several shots at them,” he added.

“In self-defense, police returned fire, killing all three men in the car.” “A search found a Glock 17 pistol with seven bullets and three casings,” he told in a press conference.

Yahaya said police also found several items including drills and grinders, machetes, and iron hammers in the car, which belonged to the Bangladeshi. The two Vietnamese had passports and entered the country as visitors.

“We are still checking the background of the Bangladeshi,” Yahaya said.

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