A Myanmar man was brutally killed in a robbery in Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 54-year-old Myanmar national who worked illegally in Malaysia as a beverage hawker was killed on Tuesday by robbers claiming to be police officers in Sungai Petani, in the northwestern state of Kedah.

At 1am, Min Tun Um and his Indonesian wife were woken up by five people identifying themselves as police officers and were forced to give up their passports, Guang Ming Daily (Malaysia) reported.

The wife told the real police that she was taken around 9 meters from their home and tied to a tree, after which she saw one culprit take her husband’s waist bag and her own handbag. A total of 3,000 ringgit (US$700) in cash, four mobile phones, three gold rings and one gold necklace were lost as a result.

To her horror, she witnessed her husband being killed by another man who stabbed him in the chest and cut his throat.

The victim, who suffered a stab wound to the right rib and a slash wound on the right side of his neck, was confirmed dead by medical officers at the scene, China Press reported.

The deceased, who had been married to the Indonesian woman for two years, had made a living by selling drinks at construction sites. He was identified as an illegal migrant worker.

The incident has been listed as a murder case and police were launching a manhunt for the five individuals.

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