Armed robbers escape with RM2m worth of gold (Updated)

BUTTERWORTH: Three men staged a daring heist today after robbing and escaping with 10kg gold estimated about RM2 million in Jalan Siram here.

In the 9.30am incident, two robbers armed with knives snatched away bags containing gold being carried by two workers of a gold processing factory.

Another suspect was in a getaway car parked beside a delivery truck.

A security personnel who witnessed the incident fired several times at the vehicle as the trio fled the scene.

However, none of the shots hit the target as the driver slammed into several vehicles parked nearby before speeding off from the scene.

A hunt for the suspects has since been launched.

North Seberang Prai district police chief Supt Abd Aziz Daud, who confirmed the incident, said the case is being investigated for gang and armed robbery.

In GEORGE TOWN, a misunderstanding proved too costly for a 33-year-old man after he was pronounced dead at Penang Hospital at 10am today.

Northeast district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said the victim, Lim Kok Boon, died after being beaten by two men with a helmet in Kampung Melayu last Friday.

He said the two men, believed to be in their 20s and 30s, were shocked when the victim spotted them packing drugs in the neighbourhood.

They immediately set upon him and bashed him up before fleeing.

"The case has been classified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code," Anuar said.