Armed robbers in Malaysia mistakenly ambush bulletproof vehicle carrying no cash

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A daring armed robbery attempt failed in more ways than one when a group of robbers ambushed a bulletproof vehicle with no cash.

The incident happened at around 9.30am on Tuesday (July 26) when three delivery men were travelling from KL International Airport 2 to Kuala Lumpur after transporting a colleague who was carrying a bag full of cash for their company, a money changer.

Kuala Langat OCPD Supt Zailan Tasir said as the three men got near the Putrajaya toll plaza on the Elite highway, they were ambushed by several men using two motorcycles and two cars.

"The first car, which was initially parked at the side of the road like it had broken down, and another car blocked the front while men on two motorcycles came up on either side of the victims' Toyota Fortuner and opened fire," he said.

Unbeknown to the robbers, the car, which was not carrying any money, was bulletproof. So the three men managed to reverse and flee unharmed.

Supt Tasir said the robbers must have mistakenly thought the victims had gone to the airport to collect cash instead of deliver it.

"The money was already on a plane to Kota Kinabalu by that time," he said, adding that the amount of the cash was not known to the deliverymen.

He added that police are working on identifying the poorly-informed robbers.