Kuala Lumpur. Three Indonesians were fatally shot by police in Selangor, Malaysia early on Tuesday morning.
“We got the news about the death of the three Indonesians hours
after the incident, and [we] have coordinated with Malaysian police,”
Suryana Sastradiredja, spokesman for the Indonesian embassy in Malaysia,
said on Wednesday.
The three were allegedly trying to break into the Templer Saujana Rawang housing complex in Selayang-Rawang, Selangor, Suryana said.
Police officers investigated a car suspiciously parked outside a house at 4:30 Tuesday morning. They found the three Indonesians allegedly cutting through an iron security fence surrounding a home.
The trio tried to flee, a scuffle broke out and officers opened fire, Suryana said.
According to police reports, the men were reportedly armed with a machete and a gun.
“From the report [we received], the police had to fire back,” Suryana said.
The car was allegedly reported stolen from nearby Puchong.
According to Suryana, the men hailed from Lumajang, East Java; Bangkalan, East Java, and unknown location. The local embassy has tried to contact their families through regional government offices and the immigration office that issued their passports.
Their remains are being held at Kuala Lumpur Hospital pending an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Officials with the Indonesian embassy in Malaysia will meet with Malaysian Foreign Affairs officials on Wednesday. The Indonesian embassy police attache is coordinating with Malaysian police to get a full report of the shooting.