Malaysia

Taiping kidnap victim freed after cops gun down abductors

IPOH, Jan 7 — A woman who was kidnapped for ransom of RM30 million was rescued after two of her four kidnappers were killed in a shootout with the police in Trong, Taiping last night.

The 52-year-old woman was kidnapped in front of her house in Taiping on December 26 and was confined to former rubber milk sales centre at KM76 Jalan Sitiawan-Taiping in Trong.

Perak police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said acting on intelligence report, the police raided the centre at about 9.45pm.

“Realising the presence of police, one of the kidnappers opened fire, which led to further shootout with the police. During the shootout, two of the kidnappers, aged 30 and 40, were killed and the victim was rescued,” he told reporters here today.

The other two kidnappers, however, were not at the scene.

He said the victim sustained minor injuries and currently receiving treatment at Taiping Hospital.

Mohd Shukri said police had also arrested another suspect, aged 33, in Kamunting at 4am today to facilitate further investigation into the case.

Efforts are also being mounted to track down the other main suspect and their accomplices, he said.

Police also found a Walther .22 pistol with three magazines and operating manual, a fake pistol, 44 mini metal balls, two handcuffs, one mask, gloves, and women stockings at the scene.

The case, classified as high-profile, is being investigated under Section 3 of the Kidnap Act 1961, which carries a death penalty or life imprisonment, and whipping, if convicted. — Bernama

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