Monday, August 19, 2013

Five gang members shot dead - New Straits Times

20 August 2013| last updated at 11:40PM

 GEORGE TOWN: POLICE scored a major success in a nationwide crackdown on secret societies after they shot dead five "Gang 04" members linked to at least 10 murders in Penang, Kedah and Negri Sembilan.

The hired gunmen, aged between 20 and 30, were also wanted for two other attempted murder cases here.

Those killed in the shootout included the leader of a notorious secret society.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police were now tracking down the remaining members of the gang.

Khalid said police raided an apartment on the 11th floor of a 15-storey serviced apartment in Pantai Jerejak, located about a kilometre from the Sungai Nibong Pesta site, about 4.30am.

He said the suspects, who were responsible for killing rival gang members in the three states, had opened fire when a joint elite team from the D9 Special Investigations Division of the Penang Criminal Investigation Department with the assistance of Bukit Aman D9 and Kedah D9 division moved in.

The gang members fired a few shots when the raiding party tried to break down the door of the three-bedroom unit, rented by the suspects since last week.

A rapid exchange of fire ensued and the raiding party shot dead all five wanted men. From the master bedroom, police recovered three bodies and a pistol.

In the middle room, they found another body and a revolver. Police found the fifth body and another pistol in the third room.

The bodies, mostly covered with tattoos, were later taken to the Penang Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.

Khalid said four of the slain gang members had previous criminal convictions, including for drug offences and having been placed under restricted residence.

He said police had no choice but to retaliate after the gang members opened fire despite numerous warnings to surrender.

"My men had identified themselves and ordered them to surrender but the gang members refused to comply.

"We had no choice but to defend ourselves and return fire. A few shots were traded between my men and the gang members before we finally took them down," he said at a packed press conference at the state police contingent headquarters here yesterday.

Present was state police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi.

Khalid expressed confidence that yesterday's raid would keep remaining members of the slain gang and other secret societies at bay. He said police would spare no effort to track down the remnants of the gang.

"We will go after them and other secret society members to uphold peace and public order in the country."

Asked on the motive behind the spate of shootings in the country over the past few months, Khalid said he did not rule out the possibility of revenge among rival secret societies. He said hired killers were also roped in by triads to murder their rivals.

Earlier, a police forensic team led by Penang Hospital Forensic Consultant Specialist Datuk Dr Zahari Noor combed the scene for evidence.

The team was also seen searching for further leads in a white Honda Civic, believed to be owned by the gang, which was parked in the apartment car park.

Police have also taken statement from the woman owner of the apartment and her two teenage children.

The body of one of the five men who were shot dead by police being placed in a Black Maria for a post-mortem at Penang Hospital.

A shattered apartment window in Pantai Jerejak, Sungai Nibong where a shootout occurred between police and five members of the 04 gang that left the five dead
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