Two robbers killed in Sabah shootout

Two armed robbers were shot dead while a woman was arrested in a shootout near a hypermarket in Penampang Baru, Sabah.

The two robbers were believed to be responsible for a spate of robberies around the state capital Kota Kinabalu and Penampang.

The incident occurred at about 4.10pm on Thursday (Oct 30), when police tried to stop the robbers from pulling off a robbery.

The Star reported that the police had tailed the men before stopping them in front of some shophouses.

Several witnesses claimed to have heard gunshots and said people were seen fleeing in all directions.

Police immediately cordoned off the area and told shophouse owners in the area to shut their premises.

Police arrived in 10 minutes

Mr Ah Choong, a witness, said: "I was in a coffee shop nearby at the time and we could hear motorcycles, some cars in the area before some police vehicles arrived within 10 minutes.

"But when a shop owner tried opening the premises he was told not to."

Police were seen telling photographers to delete photographs of the incident. 

Investigations are still ongoing. 

Source: New Straits Times Online, The Star