Published: Saturday January 12, 2013 MYT 7:33:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 12, 2013 MYT 7:57:40 PM
Manhunt for five detainees shifts to Permatang Pauh
TASEK GELUGOR: As the manhunt for five fugitives enters its sixth day, the police have now shifted their focus to Permatang Pauh near here, following information they were spotted in the area.
More police reinforcements were deployed to scour the area and flush them out of hiding, state police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said on Saturday.
He said that following information that the fugitives were in Permatang Pauh, a team of policemen raided a house in Kubang Ulu at 6.15am, but failed to locate any.
"We found foreign workers in the house. I believe the fugitives had given us the slip," he told reporters.
At about 9am on Monday, nine detainees enroute to the court in Butterworth, escaped from custody in a police van after assaulting their escorts.
Subsequently, two detainees were re-arrested near the van which was found abandoned at Kampung Padang Chempedak here.
On Thursday, two others were gunned down at Kampung Padang Ibu in Bukit Mertajam near here.
The five escapees still at large are Hissham Abdul Rahman, 39, Mohd Sharimy Nor, 28, Mohd Khairulnizam Abdul Rani, 26, Hamzani Abdul Rahman, 37, and Farid Akhtar, whose age is not known.
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