FOUR masked men armed with pinch-bars and cane knives robbed the home of former politician George Shiu Raj and terrorised his family at Namuaimada, Ra, on Monday night.
The suspects entered the house by removing four louvre blades and managed to tie up the occupants but missed Mr Raj's two daughters who were hiding in their bedroom.
Three cartons of whales tooth, two mobile phones, jewellery and money were stolen while Mr Raj and his brother-in-law were assaulted.
The suspects later demanded the family car keys before fleeing the scene.
Mr Raj and his brother-in-law were admitted at the Rakiraki sub divisional Hospital with injuries suffered from the attack.
Still trying to recover from the incident, Praveen Raj, the wife of the former politician, told this newspaper the family members were lucky to survive the ordeal.
"We were fast asleep when they entered the house, and all of a sudden I just woke up and saw four masked men with pinch-bars and cane knives inside our bedroom," Mrs Raj said.
"I thought I was dreaming but later I shouted and woke my husband."
"One of the men told me to shut up and threatened to kill me if I shouted.
"I later told them they could take anything they wanted but not harm us."
Mrs Raj said the suspects tied their hands and legs before searching the house for money and jewellery.
She said they wanted to resist but were helpless as the masked men were armed.
"My husband tried to get out of the room to call his brother-in-law but they stopped him.
"He forcefully made his way out of the room to get assistance from his brother-in-law.
"They put tape on my husband's mouth before the brother-in-law tried to take off the masks from their faces but he was hit with a pinch-bar.
"One of them watched us as our legs and hands were tied while the others searched the house for money.
"Luckily two of my daughters who were hiding in the room came out and untied us before calling the police."
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the suspects drove away in the victim's vehicle.
"Police gave chase and the vehicle was abandoned at the junction of the Fiji Water Rd and Naseyani whereby the suspects fled on foot," Ms Naisoro said.