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Prosecutors seek to execute drugs sting shooters

Prosecutors are calling for the execution of two men who shot at two police officers during a Baniyas drug sting on Monday.

ABU DHABI // Two men accused of shooting two undercover police officers during a drugs-deal sting operation face execution if they are convicted.

M?K, 26, an Emirati, and F?I, 20, from Yemen, were charged yesterday with attempted murder, smuggling and possessing hashish to sell, taking drugs, possessing firearms without a licence and resisting arrest.

The judicial department said the more serious charges carried a maximum penalty of death.

The two police officers, a lieutenant and a sergeant, were rushed to Al Mafraq hospital with gunshot wounds after their unmarked police car came under fire in Maqbara Street in Baniyas East on Monday night.

One of the officers was shot in the face, the other in the stomach. They are still being treated in Al Mafraq, where their condition is described as stable.

The Minister of Interior, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, has visited the officers twice in hospital and the President, Sheikh Khalifa, has said he will send them abroad for treatment when their condition permits.

Of the two men charged, F?I was arrested at the scene and M?K was detained later in Sharjah.

The two are accused of smuggling 20kg of drugs into the country inside the spare tyre of their car.

Police say the two undercover officers agreed to meet the two men in Baniyas by posing as buyers and offering to pay Dh228,000 for the drugs.

When they tried to arrest the two men after the deal was complete, M?K shot them before driving off in a high-powered car at an “insane” speed. He was later arrested by police and CID officers in the Al Madam area of Sharjah, apparently trying to leave the country.

Investigators believe he opened fire because he feared arrest, and also hoped to keep the money.

Police say he is unemployed, and was fired from a previous job because of repeated aggression at work. They also describe him as being of low intelligence.

The 20kg of hashish was confiscated.

Police have visited residents at the scene of the shooting to reassure them that the area is safe.

The two are accused of smuggling 20kg of drugs into the country inside the spare tyre of their car.

Police say the two undercover officers agreed to meet the two men in Baniyas by posing as buyers and offering to pay Dh228,000 for the drugs.

When they tried to arrest the two men after the deal was complete, M K shot them before driving off in a high-powered car at an “insane” speed. He was later arrested by police and CID officers in the Al Madam area of Sharjah, apparently trying to leave the country.

Investigators believe he opened fire because he feared arrest, and also hoped to keep the money.

Police say he is unemployed, and was fired from a previous job because of repeated aggression at work. They also describe him as being of low intelligence. The 20kg of hashish was confiscated.

Police have visited residents at the scene of the shooting to reassure them that the area is safe.

hdajani@thenational.ae