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THE BRUISEAGENT; Hapless thieves turn in terror after storming into store and demanding cash from shopkeeper.. a former commando bodyguard for Pakistani PM.

Byline: ALAN McEWEN a.mcewen@dailyrecord.co.uk

TWO hooded neds thought they'd picked a soft target when they tried to rob a shopkeeper alone behind his counter.

But unluckily for them, Muhammad Afzal Hanif used to have a slightly different job - as a commando in the Pakistani security police.

After training in unarmed combat and risking his life guarding Pakistan's prime minister and VIPs, Muhammad, 47, wasn't likely to be fazed by a couple of little yobs.

When they ordered him to open the till, the martial arts expert responded by grabbing a metal pole he keeps handy for protection. And the neds took one look at him, then turned tail and ran.

Muhammad, who spent eight years in the security police, said: "When they came in, I told them to remove their hoods and show their faces or I'd phone the police - but they didn't listen to me.

"They said, 'Hurry up 'And open the till'. I was like, 'Are you joking?' "They told me to give them ' the money or they would hit me. So I pretended to reach for I t and instead grabbed the pole I keep by the till for my safety.

"They ran away at full speed. I don't fear them - I used to fight every day.

"I can defend myself." Muhammad chased the thieves out of his shop in Fernieside Crescent, Edinburgh, just after 9pm on Wednesday.

He scared a knifeman away from the shop he used to run inStockbridge in 2007 by going into a karate attack pose when the crook demanded cash.

I grabbed the metal pole I keep by the till. They ran away at full speed MUHAMMAD

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DUMB AND DUMBER Shop CCTV shows hooded fools trying it on

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FOR CROOKS Muhammad with his pole. Picture: Callum Moffat

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Date:Mar 7, 2015
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