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4 suspected cop killers caught in Rangoon

Four suspects in the killing of Police Staff-Sergeant Ye Thiha are paraded by police alongside the alleged murder weapon. (PHOTO: DVB)

Four men suspected of involvement in the killing of a policeman in Rangoon’s Hlaing Tharyar Township were apprehended on Thursday.

Police Staff-Sergeant Ye Thiha was fatally stabbed in the chest on 8 September during a neighbourhood watch programme around Nawaday Garden Housing Estate when officers spotted four men they regarded as suspicious-looking lurking in a street. When they stopped the men for questioning, one of them pulled a knife and stabbed Ye Thiha. The four were then able to flee the scene.

The officer was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wound the following morning.

A manhunt was subsequently launched for the suspects, and three of them were caught and detained around 2pm on Thursday. A fourth man, named as San Hlaing Aung, again managed to escape.

Police announced that San Hlaing Aung was later found hiding in a drain with the alleged murder weapon. He was apprehended by police with the help of nearby taxi drivers.