Sabah: Invasion at Lahad Datu

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Fall out from the Sabah Invasion

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Filipino Sultan Kiram followers and Malaysian forces clash in Sabah

Sultan claims 100 armed men have joined his brother in an undisclosed village in Lahad Datu

    • By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief
    • Published: 13:57 April 8, 2013
    • Gulf News

Manila: Followers of the Sultan of Sulu from the southern Philippines and Malaysian forces have clashed anew in a village in Sabah, two months after Filipino-Muslim fighters occupied a village to enforce the sultan family’s historical claim on the territory, a spokesman for the sultan said.

Raja Mudda Agbimuddin Kiram, the brother of the Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram III, “called up Taguig [Metro Manila’s residence of the Kirams] and told us about the clashes between members of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu and the Malaysian forces from Saturday to Sunday,” said Abraham Idjiran.

“The Filipino-Muslims did not suffer casualties, according to Agbimuddin,” said the spokesman.

However, Agbimudding did not confirm reports that 1,000 fighters of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), a former secessionist group that forged a pro-autonomy peace settlement with the Philippine government in 1976 and in 1996, have slipped undetected, in small groups, to Sabah, to assist the Sultanate of Sulu’s army in its guerilla warfare in Lahad Datu, which was occupied on February 9, said Idjirani.

Last Sunday, MNLF spokesman Emmanuel Fontanilla said that 1,000 heavily armed MNLF fighters were undetected by the Philippine and Malaysian naval blockade in the Sulu Sea which divides Sulu and Sabah.

They are Tausugs, a warring ethnic group in Sulu, who have been preparing to assist the group of the Sultan of Sulu since February, said Fontanilla.

Filipino Sultan Kiram followers and Malaysian forces clash in Sabah

Free Malaysia Today

More Sulu fighters slipping into Sabah?

FMT Staff | April 8, 2013

While Sabah police have denied anything ‘unusual’ in Simunul and Semporna, local residents are alarmed at the tighter surveillance in the area.

LAHAD DATU: Even as the “Ops Daulat” mop-up operations entered into its “stablising” stage and East Sabah Security Zone (ESSZONE) prepares itself for the 13th general election due anytime now, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) claimed that another 1,000 of its fighters had slipped past the marine security net into Sabah.

MNLF sources claimed the armed men from nearby Tawi-Tawi and Sulu have now joined the followers of Agbimuddin Kiram, who they claim is still in Sabah. The Malaysian security forces have declared otherwise.

The sources also said that the fighters had slipped into Sabah and were ready to fight Malaysian forces.

Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines is less than 30-minute boat ride from Sabah.

More Sulu fighters slipping into Sabah?

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NO, IT MAY NOT BE OVER SO SOON!

Only 2 days ago, we were assured by Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib that, of the original 200 that had landed in Kampung Tanduo, no fewer than 10 were left. If you breathed a sigh of relief, it’s too soon if the claim below is true!

Free Malaysia Today

Sulu army gets reinforcements?

April 1, 2013

Armed men had allegedly slipped through the Malaysian and Philippine naval cordon and joined Kiram’s rebels, claims the sultan’s spokesperson.

MANILA: Some 100 heavily armed men have joined the followers of Agbimuddin Kiram in Sabah to continue fighting Malaysian forces in Lahad Datu, sultanate spokesman Abraham Idjirani (photo) said yesterday.

Idjirani said Agbimuddin, brother of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III called him up to report that some heavily armed civilians have joined the fighting in Sabah.

Idjirani said the civilians managed to slip through the sea blockade of the Malaysian and Philippine navy forces in going to Sabah.

Sulu army gets reinforcements?

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Malaysian Insider

Back-up troops have landed in Sabah, says Sulu sultanate spokesman

By Debra Chong
Assistant News Editor
April 01, 2013

Handout file photo of Malaysian soldiers keeping an eye on a village adjacent to Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu where the armed Filipino group first landed on February 9, 2013. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — At least two fresh groups of 100 Filipinos have arrived in Sabah to reinforce the Sulu sultanate’s earlier troops who were slain in deadly combat with Malaysian security forces, Philippine newspapers reported.

The Manila Times cited the self-styled sultanate’s secretary-general and spokesman, Abraham Idjirani, as saying he had received a call yesterday from elusive group leader and “crown prince” Agbimuddin Kiram, informing that the reinforcements had arrived safely in the north Borneo state and were probably bent on vengeance against those who had killed some 60 members of their “royal army” and harassed other Filipinos there.

“The Malaysian forces have no respect for all Filipinos in Sabah that is why [the two groups] are probably planning to exact,” Idjirani was quoted saying.

The Philippine Star also cited Idjirani saying the reinforcements numbered some 100 heavily-armed civilians from various parts of Mindanao in the Philippines who had joined the sultanate’s royal army and had succeeded in slipping past the sea blockade set up by both Malaysian and Philippine navies.

“(Agbimuddin) called me about the arrival of civilians with arms who have joined the royal security forces,” Idjirani was quoted as saying in The Philippine Star.

Back-up troops have landed in Sabah, says Sulu sultanate spokesman

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Malaysian Insider

Fewer than 10 Sulu terrorists left, says Hamza

March 29, 2013

LAHAD DATU, March 29 — Day 25 Operation Daulat sees the number of Sulu terrorists drop from about 200 when they landed in Kampung Tanduo on February 12 to fewer than 10.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said this took into account the terrorists killed and arrested by security forces since the offensive was launched on March 5.

“I can’t say that there are no more terrorists. I believe they still exist but their number is small, probably fewer than 10,” he told a press conference at Operation Daulat headquarters in Felda Sahabat 16 today.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/fewer-than-10-sulu-terrorists-left-says-hamza/

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Insp Mohamad Hasnal Jamil, a living hero…

Ins Hasnal JamilInsp Mohamad Hasnal Jamil recounting the harrowing experience in Semunul, Semporna, Sabah. — NSTP/Fariz Iswadi Ismail.

Read more: LAHAD DATU:Inspector’s spirit still strong despite severely injured – Latest – New Straits Times

Malaysian Insider

Mohamad Hasnal, who is from Felda Teloi Timur, Kedah said what transpired has not fazed his spirit to continue to serve the country, as it was all in the course of duty.

“If I am destined to die (in fighting for the motherland), so be it,” he added. – Bernama

Inspector’s spirit still strong though shot thrice, hacked repeatedly with parang

March 26, 2013

PUTRAJAYA, March 26 – Though shot thrice in the stomach and left arm and the other arm left almost severed, after being hacked six times with a parang in the terrorist attack on Sabah, it has not dampened the spirit of Insp Mohamad Hasnal Jamil to uphold the sovereignty of the country.

Mohamad Hasnal, 31, was grievously hurt when fighting terrorists from Sulu in the southern Philippines in Kampung Seri Jaya, Semunul, Semporna, Sabah, at about 7.30pm on March 2.

The hero, widows and family members of those killed in fighting the intruders, were honoured at a special ceremony for the warriors of Ops Daulat (the security forces offensive against the terrorists who intruded into eastern Sabah), by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry here today.

“After being repeatedly shot, I was attacked by a terrorist with a parang, luckily I managed to fight him off. Otherwise, my neck could have been severed.

“Bathed in my own blood, I ran and sought refuge in a small hut close to the centre of fighting,” Mohamad Hasnal told reporters in recounting the harrowing experience to reporters.

Inspector’s spirit still strong though shot thrice, hacked repeatedly with parang

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Free Malaysia Today

Zulkifeli’s description of the ongoing search for suspects involved in the incursion that began on Feb 9 at Kg Tanduo and their sympathisers indicated a tenuous security hold on the situation by Malaysian military and police personnel.

Two children, woman among fatalities in latest gunfight

Thomas Pi | March 24, 2013

More civilians are dying as the Malaysian security forces continue with the mop-up operations in Lahad Datu.

LAHAD DATU: The number of casualties continues to climb as an ongoing operation to weed out the remnants of an armed group of Filipinos and their sympathisers meets resistance.

Forty-four days after 200 or so armed men invaded a small village here last month, two children and a woman were among the latest fatalities following another gunfight in an area around Kampung Tanjung Batu.

The death of the two children and the woman follows the shooting of a boy in his early teens two weeks ago in the same area where Malaysian security forces are concentrating their efforts after retaking Kg Tanduo on March 5.

The three were among the four bodies, including that of a man, which were taken to the Lahad Datu hospital for post mortems. All were found together.

Another boy and a soldier was injured in a gunfight earlier today in the mop-up operations codenamed Operasi Daulat, Armed Forces Chief Zulkifeli Zin said during a press briefing at Felda Sahabat 16 here.

He said the boy was with the other four inside a house during the gunfight that lasted several minutes at about 9.30am. He was the only survivor.

Two children, woman among fatalities in latest gunfight

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THE PLOT THICKENS. LIKE A SPY THRILLER, THIS IS TURNING OUT TO BE A CASE OF SHADOWS WITHIN SHADOWS…

Kiram: No, they are not ours! Two were killed and the two with their names are using their names!

Malaysian Insider

Kiram claims 8 accused Sulu gunmen are Malaysians

March 23, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — The Kiram clan has disowned the eight charged with intrusion into Sabah as Malaysians and not Filipinos, saying that two of those accused had actually died in a clash with Malaysian security forces.

Self-styled Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s spokesman Abraham Idjirani had told the Philippines media the sultanate learned about the “fall guys” from a source in Sabah.

“Have the Malaysians resurrected the two RSF men?” Idjirani asked, using the shorthand for the “Royal Security Forces” of the Sulu sultanate.

“Our basis for saying that they are not Filipinos is that our source from Sabah called us to say they are Malaysians. They are not Filipinos,” he was quoted as saying by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“To confirm this, they (Malaysian authorities) should divulge where they were caught. If they were caught outside Lahad Datu, they were [Malaysian] civilians,” he said.

“They were set up to make Filipinos afraid, because Malaysian security forces have become abusive because of their Internal Security Act,” Idjirani added.

He identified the two accused who were dead in his records as Holland (spelled “Holan” by Idjirani) Kalbi and Lin Mad Salleh (spelled “Ling Mad Salli” by Idjirani).

Idjirani said Kalbi and Salleh were among Jamalul’s followers who were killed in the March 1 “massacre” in Tanduo village in Lahad Datu town.

Kiram claims 8 accused Sulu gunmen are Malaysians

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Malaysiskini

At today’s proceeding, Ravinthran gave all the accused the opportunity to tell the court the charges made against them and also told the court interpreter to explain to the accused the punishment involved.

Accused: I was paid to engage in Lahad Datu terror

The Tawau High Court today was told by one of the men charged with engaging in terrorism in Sabah that he was asked and paid to do so by someone.

Hooland Kalbi, who spoke in the Bajau language which was translated by the court interpreter, said this in the trial of the eight Filipinos charged with the offence, including two of them who were also charged with waging a war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He also said he was foolish for doing so, but judge P Ravinthran told the court interpreter to explain to him (accused) that it was not necessary for him to say that as his plea would only be recorded after he had obtained a lawyer.
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Meanwhile, Timhar Hadir, who is also charged with engaging in terrorism, told the court that he entered Malaysia last February using an international passport.

He was prevented from saying more by Ravinthran without consulting his lawyer.

Accused: I was paid to engage in Lahad Datu terror

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NST

21 March 2013| last updated at 10:44AM

8 Filipino terror suspects taken to Tawau Court

By Roy Goh
TAWAU: Eight Filipinos accused of waging war against the Yang Dipertuan Agong and committing acts of terrorism had their charges read again without any plea recorded here today.They were brought to the court handcuffed and in straight jackets, heavily escorted by the police in two trucks at about 9am.High court judge Ravinthran Paramaguru presided while the prosecution was led by Federal Attorney General Tan Sri Gani Patail assisted by Datuk Nordin Hassan, the deputy head of the Prosecution Division (Policy) in the Attorney-General’s Chambers and deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar.

Tight Security at Tawau CourtPolicemen seen guarding one of the eight suspects to be charged at Tawau Court today. — NSTP/Mohd Radzi Bujang.

Read more: 8 Filipino terror suspects taken to Tawau Court – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/8-filipino-terror-suspects-taken-to-tawau-court-1.239100#ixzz2OHYa01Ki

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Malaysian Insider

One Sulu terrorist shot dead, woman detained in Ops Daulat

March 21, 2013

LAHAD DATU, March 21 — A terrorist was shot dead by security forces during an operation in Kampung Tanjung Batu at 1.30pm yesterday, bringing the death toll to 63.

An unarmed female militant in her late 40s was also arrested in the operation.

Armed Forces Chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said the incident was a follow-up to a shootout at 11.30am which left a soldier with an injured finger due to bullet fragments.

“Our team continued to pursue the terrorists and a shootout broke out, in which our personnel killed one of them and detained a woman.

“Our injured personnel was sent to a nearby hospital and is reported to be stable after surgery,” he said during a news conference with Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar at the Felda Sahabat 16 Operations Headquarters near here today.

One Sulu terrorist shot dead, woman detained in Ops Daulat

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Malaysia Chronicle

Manila authorities deny Malaysian assassination plot on Kirams

BY CLARA CHOOI
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
March 21, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — The Philippine government and Manila security officials have rubbished talk that a Malaysian hit squad has been sent to assassinate Sulu “Sultan” Jamalul Kiram III and his supporters.

The Manila Standard today cited several security officials as refuting the claim made by sultanate spokesman Abraham Idjirani to the media on Tuesday, adding that checks by local intelligence units showed that no such “hit squad” was in the Philippines in search of the “royal family”.
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The security adviser added that the Philippine government would not allow any harm to come to the Kiram family, who had allegedly engineered the armed incursion in Sabah last month to stake ownership over the north Borneo state.

“The Philippine government does not tolerate assassins whether local or foreign, and it will proceed against any wrongdoers if and when the evidence warrants,” Garcia said in a text message, according to the Manila Standard.

Manila authorities deny Malaysian assassination plot on Kirams

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Malaysia Chronicle

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:11

Malaysia sent 4-man hit squad to kill me – claims Sulu Sultan

Written by  Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com

MANILA -The Sulu sultanate camp has revealed an alleged assassination plot by a foreign hit squad targeting Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the central figure in a controversial mission to reclaim Sabah from Malaysia with the sending of hundreds of his followers to the territory over a month ago.

Abraham Idjirani, the sultanate’s spokesman and secretary general, made the disclosure at a press conference Tuesday.

Idjirani said according to information they received, a Malaysian military colonel identified as a certain Sunny Ng headed the group.

Ng, Idjirani claimed, arrived in the Philippines with four Malaysian “commandos” with the mission of killing Kiram III and his supporters, including the family adviser Pastor “Boy” Saycon.

Ng and his men reportedly hired the services of three New People’s Army members from Quezon province.

Idjirani said they came to know of this plot through a Filipino lawyer who was a former legal counsel of Saycon. The lawyer was approached by a certain Kenneth Lee, a Malaysian businessman. Ng supposedly sought Lee’s help in asking details about Kiram’s address.

“In the light of this development, we would like to ask the government: Have we surrendered our sovereign control (of the our country) that we allow a Malaysian hit squad… to perform their terroristic acts in the Philippines?” Idjirani wondered aloud.

Malaysia sent 4-man hit squad to kill me – claims Sulu Sultan

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Malaysian Insider

Sulu sultanate confirms Agbimuddin worked in Kudat, denies Malaysian citizenship claim

By Debra Chong
Assistant News Editor
March 20, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 – Agbimuddin Kiram was a civil servant in a Sabah district office, a spokesman for the Sulu sultanate confirmed today, but denied the militant leader had been granted Malaysian citizenship as alleged just hours earlier by the opposition PKR

Abraham Idjirani, the sultanate’s secretary-general, told Philippines media in Manila that Agbimuddin had served as an assistant district officer in Kudat on Sabah’s north, backing PKR’s statement earlier this morning, which was based on a 1975 Sabah government payroll dug up from the state’s archives.

Idjirani however, maintained that Agbimuddin – who is the younger brother to self-styled Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III – is Filipino and was never issued a Malaysian identity card as asserted by PKR.

Sulu sultanate confirms Agbimuddin worked in Kudat, denies Malaysian citizenship claim

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‘Sulu army chief – a Malaysian’
Agbimudin holds a Malaysian citizenship.“He used to work as an administrative assistant at the Kudat district office.

And how many of the Sulu invaders are UMNO members?

Harakahdaily, 20 March 2013

Mar 20: The mastermind behind the armed intrusion by loyalists of the now-dormant Sulu sultanate in Lahad Datu has been found to be a Malaysian based on old civil service records.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said the information that Azzimuddie Kiram was a Malaysian civil servant was obtained from locals and then verified by a probe conducted by PKR deputy secretary general Darell Leiking.

Rafizi said Azzimuddie is mentioned in Sabah civil servants 1975 list stored at the state archives.

He is listed as an administration officer (ADO) in Kudat, appointed to the post on March 1, 1974 with a salary of Rm610 a month. The document also states that Azzimudie was born in 1941, which makes him 71 year old today.

Self-styled Sultan Sulu Jamalul Kiram III had named Azzmudie behind the invasion by his ‘royal army’ in Sabah, triggering an ongoing operation which has so far claimed scores of lives including 10 Malaysian security personnel.

Following the discovery, Rafizi urged prime minister Najib Razak to reveal other members of the intruders who carry Malaysian identity cards.

“And how many of them are UMNO members?” he asked.

Rafizi further added that the revelation has opened yet another dimension on the ‘Project IC’, the secretive project to award citizenship to immigrants for voting purposes.

Sulu mastermind was a Malaysian govt servant

Harakah

Muhammmad Faizal, 20 Mac 2013

PETALING JAYA: PKR mendakwa Raja Muda Sulu yang mengetuai Kesultanan Sulu menceroboh Sabah sekarang, Agbimudin @ Azzimuddie Kiram merupakan seorang bekas kakitangan awam dan juga merupakan rakyat Malaysia setelah diberi kad pengenalan.


Dakwaan ini dibuat Pengarah Strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli pada satu sidang media di Ibu Pejabat PKR pagi ini. Beliau menyertakan dokumen berkaitan bagi menyokong dakwaannya itu.

Rafizi yang menjelasksan sejak pencerobohan di Lahad Datu berlaku banyak spekulasi timbul akibat maklumat yang samar-samar yang diberikan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak sebagai penjawat awam tertinggi yang bertanggungjawab kepada rakyat.

Menurutnya lagi, sejak tercetusnya pencerobohan itu, PKR telah mengadakan pertemuan dengan penduduk tempatan untuk cuba memdapat maklumat lanjut mengenai latar belakang tokoh-tokoh yang berada dalam kumpulan penceroboh, yang antaranya adalah ketua kumpulan itu sendiri yang mengelarkan dirinya sebagai Raja Muda.

“Salah satu persoalan yang paling besar ialah latar belakang kumpulan bersenjata ini, walaupun secara rasminya mereka diisytiharkan sebagai orang asing dari satu kumpulan yang mewakili Kesultanan Sulu.

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(Dokumen yang menunjukkan Agbimudin @ Azzimuddie Kiram bekas kakitangan awam)

For more, click on: Azzimuddie Kiram bekas ADO dan rakyat Malaysia

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Free Malaysia Today

‘Sulu army chief – a Malaysian’

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G Vinod | March 20, 2013

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli claims that Agmibudin Kiram was a civil servant during the 1970s .

UPDATED

PETALING JAYA: Agbimudin Kiram, leader of the armed intruders in Lahad Datu, used to work as a civil servant in the state, alleged PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli.

Speaking during a press conference held at the party headquarters here, Rafizi said this proved that Agbimudin holds a Malaysian citizenship.

“He used to work as an administrative assistant at the Kudat district office, proving that he is a Malaysian citizen,” said Rafizi.

He later produced the list of Sabah civil servants in 1975, taken from the state archives. [See below]

The list shows Agbimuddin, known as Datu Agbimudin Kiram, employed as state administrative assistant in Kudat, starting Sept 9, 1974 with a salary of RM610.

Rafizi also claimed that many in Kudat recognised  Agbimudin as he was long serving civil servant there.

“From the people’s information, we managed to track the records. The Sabah chief minister (Musa Aman) also cannot refute this as he has the list in his acrhives,” he said.

‘Sulu army chief – a Malaysi

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IT’S GUERRILLA WARFARE!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 15:39

BN’s neglect & Sabah’s huge security vacuum: Prolonged guerrilla warfare ahead?

Written by  Joe Fernandez, Malaysia Chronicle

We have not heard the last of the Lahad Datu Standoff if it degenerates, as it appears more than likely now, into prolonged guerrilla warfare as in the southern Philippines, but perhaps more low-key.

There’s a huge security vacuum in Sabah.

Witness the fact that 1.7 million foreigners, mostly illegal immigrants, flooded into Sabah by 2005 alone to dwarf the 1.5 million local population as Putrajaya looked the other way in a wink wink relationship with rogue elements. It’s unprecedented in world history.

An estimated 800, 000 of the foreigners including illegal immigrants are Suluks, many with MyKads which in the absence of state government sanction as the initiating party on a case by case basis, they are not entitled to obtain and not eligible to hold in Sabah.
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It cannot be denied that the current security situation in Sabah was created solely by Putrajaya which is responsible for the matter.

For starters, they dillydallied for three weeks in an act of extreme weakness if not desperation and to play politics with the issue because security in Sabah until recentdays was under the Prime Minister’s Department — so more illegal immigrants can come in and enter the Electoral Rolls — and not under the Police or Armed Forces.
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The chickens are also coming home to roost after the Election Commission, on the directive of a self-serving Putrajaya, naively divided the Electoral Rolls in Sabah as composed of Muslim Bumiputera, non-Muslim Bumiputera, Chinese and others.

The so-called Muslim Bumiputera on the Electoral Rolls is packed with illegal immigrants at the expense of local Muslims.

The non-Muslim Bumiputera category tries to drive a wedge between the majority Christian Orang Asal and minority Muslim Orang Asal when they are related to each other.

Malaysia Chronicle

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=70691:bns-neglect–sabah

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Guerrilla warfare? Dr Mahathir is pessimistic about the Malaysian Army’s capability…

Malaysia Chronicle

Monday, 18 March 2013 08:58

Armed forces not skilled enough in guerrilla warfare – Dr M

KOTA KINABALU- Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is worried that Malaysia will not be able to withstand an attack from outside if it does not adopt new methods in fighting the enemy.

He was of the opinion that the Malaysian armed forces must learn and adopt guerrilla warfare in order to defeat the enemy as conventional methods in war no longer applies in how the war is fought nowadays.

“If the Malaysian armed forces do not adopt guerrilla warfare, I am worried that we may not be able to withstand a bigger attack than what is happening now (in Lahad Datu). Guerrilla warfare is different from conventional warfare and if we do not increase our skills in guerrilla warfare, there is a possibility that our country cannot be saved,” he said.

Armed forces not skilled enough in guerrilla warfare – Dr M

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Malaysian Insider

…the unilateral ceasefire order issued by the sultanate had been lifted and the sultan’s army had been ordered to conduct “hit and run” operations against the Malaysians.

Kiram tells Sulu followers to conduct guerrilla warfare in Sabah

UPDATED @ 02:15:20 PM 18-03-2013

March 18, 2013

Self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III and his wife, Hadja Celia Kiram, answer questions during a news conference inside their residence at Maharlika village. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 — Self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has lifted a unilateral ceasefire and ordered his followers still in Sabah to conduct guerrilla warfare against the Malaysian security forces, according to media reports.

Malaysian Security forces yesterday killed another Sulu gunman in skirmishes in Kampung Tanjung Batu, near Lahad Datu, after a five-day lull in clashes that have resulted in 62 dead militants since their landing on February 9.

The Philippine Star quoted the ailing claimant to the throne as saying that the withdrawal of his army led by his brother Agbimuddin from Sabah was not an option.

“They are already in their homeland so why come back?” Jamalul told reporters at his residence in Taguig City in Manila.

Abraham Idjirani, spokesman for the sultanate, said the struggle in Sabah would continue.

He said the unilateral ceasefire order issued by the sultanate had been lifted and the sultan’s army had been ordered to conduct “hit and run” operations against the Malaysians.

Jamalul also maintained his younger brother was still in Sabah contrary to reports by Malaysian authorities who said Agbimuddin had fled home to the Philippine south.

Idjirani reportedly said he had spoken with Agbimuddin before midnight Saturday and he was informed that the group was intact.

According to the Philippine paper, Idjirani said the sultanate’s men, which now numbered 170, had separated into three groups to avoid Malaysian spy planes sweeping the skies above Lahad Datu.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kiram-tells-sulu-followers-to-conduct-guerrilla-warfare-in-sabah/

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Free Malaysia Today

One more militant killed, enemy death toll 62

March 17, 2013

The security forces continue conducting house-to-house searches in the operations area to trace enemy remnants.

LAHAD DATU: One more Sulu terrorist was shot dead by the security forces in the Ops Daulat offensive in Kampung Tanjung Batu here today, bringing the enemy death toll thus far to 62.

Army field commander Lt Gen Zulkiple Kassim said the security forces came into contact with the terrorists twice so far today, at 9.55am and 10.15 respectively.

“In the 10.15am contact, we managed to kill one of the terrorists while three others escaped,” he told a press conference held jointly with Sabah police commissioner Hamza Taib at Ops Daulat’s headquarters at Felda Sahabat 16, at 11am today.

Zulkiple said the security forces were hunting down the three who escaped.

One more militant killed, enemy death toll 62

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NST

7 March 2013| last updated at 12:46AM

Manila may get to see detainees

CONDITION: Meeting only after detention periodMALAYSIA will discuss the possibility of allowing representatives of the Philippine government to meet with the  Filipinos who were arrested for alleged   collaboration with the Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu.To date, 104 people have been detained for investigations under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma). Most of them are allegedly Filipinos.Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Philippine Defence Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin had made the request during a meeting in Putrajaya recently.Zahid said he would discuss the matter with Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Wisma Putra officials.”We will also discuss with the police if representatives from the Philippine embassy and the Philippine consular teams in Sabah could visit the detainees once investigations are over,” he said after presenting computers to representatives of 44 Tamil schools from the state at the Bagan Datoh Umno building here, yesterday.

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Reports of alleged extrajudicial killings by Malaysia’s security forces hunting for Sulu invaders in Sabah have triggered Philippine concern of a brewing humanitarian emergency as Filipinos fled the state for fear of reprisals.

No evidence of the human rights violations reported in Philippine media has been produced to date, with Putrajaya calling the claims a “fabrication”.

Malaysiakini

Claimed Sabah abuses may warrant Philippine troop entry, says lawmaker

By Boo Su-Lyn
March 16, 2013

The Philippines may be entitled to deploy troops to Sabah to rescue Filipinos allegedly in danger from a Malaysian operation to flush out Sulu gunmen there, according to a Philippine senator.

Philippine private broadcaster ABS-CBN News quoted Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago as claiming that the republics armed forces were allowed to rescue their citizens if Malaysia could not guarantee their safety, although international law barred the use of force.

“As much as possible, we want to avoid the use of force,” Santiago was quoted by ABS-CBN’s website as saying yesterday.

“But if this is the attitude of Malaysia … then we shall avail of the exception,” said the former chair of the Philippine Senate’s foreign relations committee, adding that using force would be the Philippines’ last resort.

Both countries have agreed that it was within Putrajaya’s rights to defend its borders after appeals for negotiations were met with stubborn refusal from the Kiram clan that is laying an ancestral claiming on Sabah.

Santiago also condemned Malaysia’s use of fighter jets and air strikes to flush out the Sulu militants in Lahad Datu, Sabah, last week, saying: “It’s like using a scud missile to kill a fly.”

Reports of alleged extrajudicial killings by Malaysia’s security forces hunting for Sulu invaders in Sabah have triggered Philippine concern of a brewing humanitarian emergency as Filipinos fled the state for fear of reprisals.

Claimed Sabah abuses may warrant Philippine troop entry, says lawmaker

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Cops admit that Agbimuddin Kiram is still in Sabah, contradicting their earlier statement…

Malaysian Insider

Evidence shows Sulu militant leader still in Sabah, say cops

UPDATED @ 02:15:33 PM 16-03-2013

March 16, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — There is no sign Agbimuddin Kiram has fled Sabah, state police chief Datuk Hamza Taib said today, contradicting yesterday’s statement by the armed forces chief that the Filipino militant leader had returned to his home in the southern Philippines.

Hamza said the earlier report was only a forecast, adding that Agbimuddin was probably still holed up in Lahad Datu where the self-proclaimed Sulu sultanate crown prince had landed with some 200 followers last month to claim ownership of Sabah.

Evidence shows Sulu militant leader still in Sabah, say cops

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Malaysiakini

Azzimudie still in Sabah, claims Sulu sultanate
Malaysia and the Sulu sultanate made conflicting claims on the whereabouts of Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram, who led more than 200 followers to Sabah last month to press their claim to the territory.

Yesterday, Malaysia’s official Bernama news agency, reported that Azzimudie, crown prince of the sultanate, had fled Sabah, abandoning his followers and returned to the Philippines.

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A separate report from the Star quoted Armed Forces chief General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin as saying that Azzimudie “has abandoned his men and fled to his homeland.”

Meanwhile, inspector-general of police Ismail Omar told Malaysian journalists that, going by field commanders’ reports, Azzimudie was no longer with his group in Sabah.

Azzimudie still in Sabah, claims Sulu sultanate

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Malaysian-trained MNLF fighters ‘on attack’

Published on Mar 15, 2013

The former head of a Filipino separatist group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), has told Al Jazeera that despite support from Malaysia in the 1960s, some of his fighters have now turned against the Malaysian government. According to Nur Misuari, the MNLF fighters have joined the Royal Army of Sulu, which has been fighting for control of Malaysia’s eastern Sabah state. Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from the Philippine capital, Manila, on whether Malaysia’s foreign policy in the 1960s has backfired.

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IT IS SAID THAT HE HAS RUN AWAY, BACK TO SAFETY!

Malaysian Insider

Agbimuddin has fled Sabah, says Zulkifeli

March 15, 2013

KOTA KINABALU, March 1 — Leader of the Sulu militant group, Agbimuddin Kiram, has fled to his native southern Philippines, Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Jeneral Zulkifeli Mohd Zin told The Star Online today.

Security forces had reached this conclusion after vetting through information received and intelligence, he continued.

It is understood that Agbimuddin fled to the Philippines alone, abandoning his men in Sabah.

Agbimuddin has fled Sabah, says Zulkifeli

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The theory among locals here is that the heavily armed Sulu men had used the airstrikes as a cover to slip out of the heavily guarded security zone unscathed.

Free Malaysia Today

Did airstrikes ‘cover’ terrorists escape?

Luke Rintod | March 14, 2013

What Sabahans want to know is how 130 armed men who were heavily surrounded managed to escape.

KOTA KINABALU: The Kampung Tanduo stand-off weeks ago and the current crisis gripping Sabah is fodder for coffeeshop banters.

A litany of questions have risen over the whos, whys, whereofs and how the shock intrusion happened, the handling of the crisis, the “missed targets” and the precarious political position Sabah is in now.

The answers are still slow in coming, so the rumours, interpretations and speculations of black magic continue to circulate.

What many here want to know is how did 130 armed men who were surrounded by security forces escape, considering the entire village was deserted except for the owners whose house the intruders used?

Also baffling was the contradictory statements from the army following the attack.

Sabah State Reform Party (STAR) chairman, Jeffrey Kitingan, who is as perplexed as the man on the street about this Houdini act by the terrorists, also asked why there had been no directive for a “lightning strike or decisive action” from the Malaysian army if the village was empty.
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Jeffrey also questioned how the aircraft could have “missed” their targets and wondered if there had been a blunder with the military intelligence.

Judging from the reports of “missed targets” following the few rounds of bombings, it was obvious that army had no clue of the target spots.

Did airstrikes ‘cover’ terrorists escape?

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He is still alive but where is he?.

Star

Whereabouts of group leader unclear

Azzimudie either playing hide-and-seek or is dead

LAHAD DATU: Has the Sulu terrorist group’s armed leader Rajah Muda Azzimudie Kiram and 34 of his followers escaped to Tawi Tawi or is he still trapped within the Ops Daulat operations area in Tg Labian?

Staying vigilant: Security forces guarding the entrace to Tanjung Labian where army trucks enter or leave.The Philippines naval authorities have confirmed that 35 gunmen, including one wounded and one woman, have been taken into custody after they entered Philippines waters in two boats on Wednesday.

Tawi Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahari said yesterday that the 35 were from the area of fighting but could not confirm if Azzimudie was among them.

“I have not been informed of this by the navy,” he told The Star via telephone from Bongao, about less then half-an-hour speed boat ride from the ongoing police and military offensive to flush out remnants of the terrorist group at Kg Tanjung Batu, Kg Tanjung Labian and Kg Sungai Bilis.
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Asked if he believed that Azzimudie was still within the area of operations, Ismail said: “We are verifying all information we get.”

Abraham Irdjani, a spokesman for the family of the self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan, insisted that Azzimudie was alive in Sabah together with his general Haji Musa Abdulla, who the police here confirmed was dead.

“Azzimudie is still in the area of operations. Haji Musa is with him,” Irdjani told The Star when asked for the whereabouts of the leader.

http://mystar.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

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Malaysian Insider

Security forces detain man with swords, machetes

March 14, 2013

LAHAD DATU, March 14 – Security forces detained a man at a roadblock in Tanjung Labian today and seized two swords and three machetes he was carrying in a package on his motorcycle, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.

He said the man, in his 30s, was behaving in a manner arousing suspicion when stopped and an inspection showed up the weapons.

Ismail said the man was detained at 10.40am and taken to the Cenderawasih police station for questioning.

Security forces detain man with swords, machetes

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Malaysian Insider

Two army helicopters arrive in Felda Sahabat to beef up military assets

March 14, 2013

LAHAD DATU, March 14 – Two Agusta Westland AW109 multi-purpose army helicopters have been brought to the Felda Sahabat 16 plantation near here as part of the move to beef up the military assets used in the “Ops Daulat” offensive against Sulu terrorists.

The twin-engine eight-seat reconnaissance and transport aircraft will add to the might of the security forces in flushing out the terrorists who had intruded into Sabah on Feb 12.

The arrival of the helicopters follows the announcement by Chief of Defence Forces Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin yesterday that military assets and personnel would be beefed up for the “Ops Daulat” operation, particularly in Kampung Tanjung Batu and Sungai Nyamuk.

Two army helicopters arrive in Felda Sahabat to beef up military assets

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Malaysiakini

Security forces set to ‘dominate’ three areas

The security forces are expected to take control of three areas in Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu by tomorrow morning under Ops Daulat, said Armed Forces chief Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zain.

He said that the security forces are expected to “clean up” the areas of Kampung Tanduo, Sungai Nyamuk and Tanjung Batu by tomorrow morning.

“Besides cleaning up these areas, we will also ‘dominate’ these places with (our) troops using specific systems, to make sure that the enemies are unable to enter these areas again,” he told a press conference today.

Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar was also present.

The security forces are strengthening their armoury as Zulkifeli said that several helicopters and at least 12 tracked armoured personnel carriers are expected to arrive within days.

Security forces set to ‘dominate’ three areas

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There have been reports of Tausug people heading out to reinforce the followers of the Sulu sultanate in Sabah since hostilities with Malaysian security forces broke out early this month.

Malaysiakini

Philippine navy intercepts 35 more armed Sulus

The Philippine Navy has seized firearms and ammunition from 35 suspected followers of the Sulu sultanate, one of them a woman, intercepted in waters around Andolingan Island in Tawi-Tawi this morning.

Navy spokesperson Lt-Commander Gregory Fabic said the patrol ship BRP Mariano Alvarez and the gunboat BRP Jose Andrada intercepted two boats west of Andolingan Island around 6.30am.

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Fabic said initial reports indicated that at least one of the boats was headed for Sabah.

The suspects are expected to arrive in Batobato, Tawi-Tawi for investigation.

Philippine navy intercepts 35 more armed Sulus

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  • 13 Mar 2013
  • The Star Malaysia

In deadly pursuit

In hot pursuit of Sulu gunmen, our securityity forces shot dead two of the enemy while losing one of their own. The latest bloody encounter occurred ccurred after a 36-hour lull when the Malaysian troops spotted five terrorists near a coastal village. age

LAHAD DATU: A 36-hour lull in gunfire was shattered after dawn when shooting broke out near Kampung Tanjung Batu, killing a soldier and two Sulu gunmen.

The latest bloody encounter started when joint military and police units conducting mopping up operations near Sungai Nyamuk outside Tanduo area towards Kg Tanjung Batu spotted five gunmen at about 7.45am.

A gunbattle ensued and the five terrorists retreated, Armed Forces chief Jen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said in Felda Sahabat here, about 15km from where the fighting took place.

The security forces pursued the enemy and tracked them down to a swampy area near a Felda oil palm plantation and a second gunfight flared up at 10.45am.

In the exchange of fire, one of our soldiers and two terrorists were killed, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib told a briefing for the media.

Jen Zulkifeli said the soldier – 24year-old Hurairah Ismail from Pasir Mas in Kelantan – is the first armed forces personnel killed in action in Ops Daulat to wipe out the remnants of the Sulu group led by Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram whose fate is still unknown.

Hamza said that another gunman was believed to have been wounded.

He also said that another soldier, aged 35 and also from Kelantan, was injured in the gunbattle which occurred from about 9am to 1.50pm, “The soldier who was hit in the cheek is in stable condition.”

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Reports by P.K. KATHARASON, MUGUNTAN VANAR, PHILIP GOLINGAI, STEPHANIE LEE, SHAUN HO, ABDUL RAZAK AHMAD, SYED AZHAR, FARIK ZOLKEPLI and STEVEN DANIEL; with photos by AZHAR MAHFOF, NORMIMIE DIUN AND M. AZHAR ARIF. Videos by ARON RAJ and IBRAHIM HARRIS

http://mystar.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

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Malaysiakini

2 soldiers dead – one KIA, another from road mishap

A Malaysian soldier was killed in an exchange of fire between security forces and members of the self-styled ‘Sulu royal army’ at Sungai Nyamuk in Lahad Datu this morning.

Meanwhile, it was announced late this evening that another soldier died and another injured from a road accident.
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On the fatal road accident, Hamza said that the incident happened when the deceased was traveling from Lahad Duta town on a military vehicle to Cederawasih.

“He was hurt badly, and when he was receiving medical treatment (at the hospital), he passed away,” he said, adding that another soldier, 35 years old, who in the same truck suffered facial injuries.

2 soldiers dead – one KIA, another from road mishap

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Bernama reporter was WRONG: Not two but one soldier killed!

Malaysiakini

This is the first casualty suffered by the Malaysian security forces in Ops Daulat since March 5.

First soldier killed in gun battle with Sulu militants

A Malaysian soldier was killed in an exchange of fire between security forces and members of the self-styled ‘Sulu royal army’ at Sungai Nyamuk in Lahad Datu this morning.

Armed Forces chief Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zain said the security forces accosted five members of the intruders 7.45am today when they were mopping up the area around Sungai Nyamuk, near Tanjung Batu.

Zulkifeli said the intruders retreated to the upper part of Sungai Nyamuk and the soldiers trailed them.

“The security forces made contact with the intruders about 10.45am at the upper part of Sungai Nyamuk and a second round of fire took place .

“During the gun battle, the security forces killed three terrorists, but unfortunately, a member of the security forces was also killed,” Zulkifli told a press conference late this afternoon.

Bernama reporter
“So far, the police have given no confirmation. We only saw the bodies wearing green boots being taken into the police truck.”

Malay Mail

Two police commandos killed in mortar attack

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – 16:23
Location:
LAHAD DATU


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police commandoes were killed today when a mortar bomb hit Kampung Tanduo, which had been turned into a fortress by a group of armed Filipino intruders here.

They were patrolling at one of the posts around the village when the mortar bomb exploded.

Bernama reporter who was at Felda Sahabat 17 settlement in the area, said the bodies of the two security force personnel were retrieved by the police and shoved into a police truck.

Two police commandoes killed in mortar attack

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Sundaily

More bodies, graves uncovered at Kg Tanduo: Police

Posted on 12 March 2013 – 11:28am
Last updated on 12 March 2013 – 04:10pm

Radzi Razak reports from Lahad Datu
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

AHAD DATU (March 12, 2013): There might be 15, not nine Sulu terrorist bodies in the shallow grave at Kg Tanduo, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib.

He said new information revealed to the security forces also said that there are other graves near the site of the first grave at Kg Tanduo in which nine highly decomposed bodies were found on March 6.

“I have instructed Datuk Marzuki (PGA field commander) to check the graves and confirm it.

More bodies, graves uncovered at Kg Tanduo: Police

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Sundaily

Police detain six suspected of being Sulu terrorists

Posted on 12 March 2013 – 03:52pm
Last updated on 12 March 2013 – 04:05pm
Police arrested six suspects at Kampung Bangau-Bangau in Semporna on March 12, 2013. BERNAMA

SEMPORNA (March 12, 2013): A man high on the police wanted list was among six people detained today on suspicion of having links to Sulu terrorists from the southern Philippines in an operation at Kampung Bangau-Bangau, here.

Semporna Police chief DSP Mohd Firdaus Francis Abdullah said VAT 69 commandos and General Operations Force (PGA) personnel raided a house in the village where the suspects were said to have been hiding.

“We conducted a raid at 6am after receiving a tip-off. We will question them to find out whether they are terrorists,” he said, adding that no firearms or telecommunications equipment was found in the raid.

Bernama

Police detain six suspected of being Sulu terrorists

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Malaysiakini

Azzimuddie ‘alive’, family disowns ‘disengagement’

Although he has lost more followers to continued assaults by Malaysian security forces, Azzimuddie Kiram, who led more than 200 people to Sabah in a bid to press the Sulu sultanate’s claim to the territory, remains “alive and well,” his family said today.

At the same time, members of the Kiram family denied considering “disengagement”, as announced yesterday by Philippine Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II after talks with sultan Bantilan Esmail Kiram II, brother of Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

Earlier, the sultanate’s spokesman, Abraham Idjirani, said although Jamalul and Azzimuddie had authorised the dialogue between Esmail and Roxas, it was the interior secretary who unilaterally stated “disengagement” and that this notion had not been discussed by the family.

Briefing media in her home in Maharlika Village in Taguig City today, Pangyan Fatima Celia Kiram, Jamalul III’s wife, said the family had never considered disengagement, adding they were aware that the term was likely to be perceived as willingness on the part of Azzimuddie, the crown prince, and his group to surrender.

Fatima said any decision regarding the disposition of the group in Sabah “will come from sultan Jamalul and other family members, including Bantilan (Esmail), and those who lost loved ones.

Azzimuddie ‘alive’, family disowns ‘disengagement’

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KiniTalk: The root of the Suluk insurgency

Published on Mar 10, 2013

KiniTalk spoke to Dr Aruna Gopinath, Senior Fellow at National Defence University, Kuala Lumpur. Dr Aruna examines the on going violent stand off in Sabah and gives a thorough understanding of the reasons and ambitions of this self-styled ‘Royal Sulu Army’.

Interviewed by Prasadh Michael
Produced by Ravinesh Sakaran

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Malaysiakini

Sulu intruders mull ‘disengagement’
2:47PM Mar 11, 2013

VIDEO | 9.40 min The root of the Sulu insurgency

Jamalul Kiram III, a self-claimed Sulu sultan, has dispatched representatives to meet the Philippines government to discuss “disengagement” of his followers armed incursion into Sabah.

According to Manila-based Interaksyon, the two-hour meeting between Jamalul Kiram’s younger brother sultan Bantilan Esmail Kiram II and Interior Minister Manuel Roxas II took place at the national police headquarters in Quezon City today.

Roxas said among the things they discussed was “disengagement” and the likely outcome of Jamalul Kiram’s followers should they lay down their arms.

“Among the things discussed was, for example, since the leader of Malaysia publicly said the surrender of arms is the only condition to end the fighting, so, one of their questions was the manner (and) the mechanisms,” Roxas told reporters after the meeting.

Sulu intruders mull ‘disengagement’

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Malaysian Insider

Sulu force leader believed killed

March 11, 2013

LAHAD DATU, March 11 ― The remains of the Sulu militant group leader — believed to be Commander Musa, a general — was among 18 bodies brought to the Lahad Datu Hospital for post-mortem.

“One of the 18 bodies brought to the Lahad Datu Hospital resembled Musa,” said ASP Hussien Omar Khan, the head of Forensics for Ops Daulat.

He said the bodies of the militants, brought from Kampung Tanjung Batu in Felda Sahabat that is situated about 130km from here, had decomposed but a post-mortem would be carried out by a Pathologist from the Penang Hospital.

Sulu force leader believed killed

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 Malaysiakini
Intruders mull ‘disengagement’
2:47PM Mar 11, 2013

Jamalul Kiram III, a self-claimed Sulu Sultan, has dispatched representatives to meet the Philippines government to discuss “disengagement” of his followers armed incursion into Sabah.

According to Manila-based Interaksyon, the two-hour meeting between Jamalul Kiram’s younger brother Sultan Bantilan Esmail Kiram II and Interior Minister Manuel Roxas II took place at the national police headquarters in Quezon City today.

Roxas said among the things they discussed was “disengagement” and the likely outcome of Jamalul Kiram’s followers should they lay down their arms.

“Among the things discussed was, for example, since the leader of Malaysia publicly said the surrender of arms is the only condition to end the fighting, so, one of their questions was the manner (and) the mechanisms,” Roxas told reporters after the meeting.

Intruders mull ‘disengagement’

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THE STAR PHOTOGRAPHE, NORMIMIE DIUN, AND OTHERS HAD A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A SULU GUNMAN

Star

  • 11 Mar 2013
  • The Star Malaysia

Face-to-face with terror

I saw that he was staring at us. He looked like a typical villager but he was holding a gun. – THE STAR PHOTOGRAPHER NORMIMIE DIUN WHO HAD A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A SULU GUNMAN

  • 11 Mar 2013
  • The Star Malaysia
  • > Reports by P.K. KATHARASON, MUGUNTAN VANAR, RUBEN SARIO, STEPHANIE LEE, PHILIP GOLINGAI, SHAHANAAZ HABIB, SHAUN HO, RAZAK AHMAD, AUSTIN CAMOENS, P. ARUNA, YUEN MEIKENG, CHRISTINA TAN, IVAN LOH, NIK NAIZI HUSIN and HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH, with photos by AZ

‘The armed gunman was watching us’

The Star photographer recounts close encounter

THE Star photographer Normimie Diun and a group of journalists had a close encounter with a gunman as they were heading towards the frontline yesterday morning.

They were about 3km away from a place where elite police and military units were flushing out remnants of the Sulu armed group when she saw a gunman in the oil palm plantation. This is her first person account: “At around 9.30am, I decided to drive towards Kampung Tanjung Labian. We (journalists in two cars) headed to our usual spot, a junction to the red zone (where the armed forces are conducting their operations against Sulu gunmen hiding in two coastal villages).

The place, about 20km from the media centre (in Felda Residence Sahabat resort) and about 150km from Lahad Datu town, has the best likelihood for photo opportunities.
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After driving for 2km, we arrived at a village with about 20 wooden and concrete houses.
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Then I saw several Afghan shawls on the clothesline – the black-andwhite ones – and I noticed that there were no children’s clothes.

I said to myself: ‘The armed intruders are here.’
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As we passed Kampung Labian, I saw a shadow of a man squatting among oil palm trees on the left side of the road, about 10m from our car. I said that I had seen a man.

Serieffa (Mushtafa Al Bakry, the Al-Hijrah television news journalist) who was driving the car said he too saw the man holding a gun.

I looked again at the man and noticed that he was holding a gun that looked like an M-16. He was dressed in black and looked like he was in his 50s.

I saw that he was staring at us. He looked like a typical villager but he was holding a gun.

My companions wanted to shoot the armed man (with their cameras). I shouted to them: ‘Don’t!’ I also told them to keep down and put away their cameras.

My immediate thought was that he could mistake our equipment as weapons and fire at us.

In the car we kept saying ‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar’ (God is great, God is great) as Serieffa slammed the accelerator and sped off at 120kph.

As we reached the main Felda road, we came across about 30 frightened villagers of Tanjung Labian. They had heard four gunshots just minutes earlier.

Face-to-face with terror

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No 62 is a teenager!

The police are still trying to determine their identities, including the five others detained before them.

They did not have any documents so we are invesitgating where are they from and what they were doing there.

Malaysian Insider

IGP: Teen killed in Ops Daulat, death toll now 62

March 10, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 – An unidentified teenage boy was shot dead by Malaysian security forces this morning, raising the Sulu siege death toll to 62, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Ismail Omar confirmed today.

The boy, believed to be aged between 12 and 15, was killed when security personnel stopped to question five individuals – three men and two women – at Kampung Sungai Bilis during their Ops Daulat sweep at about 9.45am this morning.

According to The Star Online, the security team saw movements in some nearby bushes and opened fire, reacting to the possibility of coming under attack from the Sulu invaders.

Upon checking later, the team found they had killed the youth and injured a man in his 30s in the leg.

IGP: Teen killed in Ops Daulat, death toll now 62

Malaysiakini

Teenage John Doe shot dead in red zone

A teenage male was shot dead this morning while security forces were tracking intruders near the red zone, says inspector-general of police Ismail Omar.

“At 9.45 this morning, our forces were tracking the terrorists in an area at Kampung Sungai Bilis.

“Suddenly, three adult males and two adult females appeared out of the bushes. Our security forces immediately detained them and searched them.

“During the frisking exercise, they heard sounds from within the bushes and spontaneously fired in that direction,” he told a press conference at Felda Residence Sabahat, Lahad Datu, this evening.

Upon inspecting the bushes, the security forces discovered they had shot two people.

A teenager believed, to be aged between 13 and 15 years, was shot dead while a man believed to be in his 30s was injured in a leg.

Teenage John Doe shot dead in red zone

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INVADERS: NO SURRENDER! THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS FOR MALAYSIA!

“To say that it is like finding a needle in a haystack doesn’t even begin to cover it,” a General Operations Force (GOF) police officer from Kuala Lumpur told The Malaysian Insider in the course of the Ops Daulat operations to flush out the militants.

Malaysian Insider

At home in Sabah, Sulus baffle security forces

By Boo Su-Lyn
March 09, 2013

Three policemen on duty take aim at the Tanjung Labian checkpoint. — Pictures by Saw Siow Feng

LAHAD DATU, March 9

Summary of the article

It is never easy to fight guerrillas.

1 The dense oil palm plantations are four times the size of Kuala Lumpur. Also, there is Felda Sahabat’s hilly terrain.

2 Sulu militants can easily pass off as locals they look like them. They dress like the locals and speak the local dialect.

3 The Sulu gunmen may also be more familiar with the terrain. While the Malaysian soldiers guard the roads, the militants bypass them easily through the plantations.

4 The soldiers and police commandos are more at home in the humid jungles of Peninsular Malaysia. Indeed, they are new to Lahad Datu.

At home in Sabah, Sulus baffle security forces

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Free Malaysia Today

Kiram orders troops to stay, no surrender

March 9, 2013

The Sultans’ daughter says the sultan’s followers won’t leave Sabah despite attacks by Malaysian security forces.

MANILA:  The daughter of self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III on Saturday said the followers of the sultan are standing firm on their decision not to surrender even after the foreign affairs department said that laying down their arms is the only way left to prevent further bloodshed in Sabah.

Speaking with radio dzMM, Princess Jaycel said the group of Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram still won’t leave Sabah despite the attacks being launched against them by Malaysian security forces.
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Malaysian troops said they shot and killed 32 followers of the sultan during the latest assault, bringing the total dead to 60, including 52 militants. Eight Malaysian policemen were killed in skirmishes last weekend.

However, citing information from Raja Muda, the spokesman of Kiram III said 10 royal army soldiers have so far died since armed clashes began last week.

Abraham Idjirani claimed no more royal army soldiers died in the succeeding attacks. He said 235 royal army soldiers have all been accounted for, with 10 fatalities, 10 arrested and 4 injured.

-Agencies

Kiram orders troops to stay, no surrender

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Malaysian Insider

Malaysian forces in action

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Free Malaysia Today

Police arrest 79 as incursion death toll hits 61

March 9, 2013

IGP Ismail Omar said operations to “flush out” the intruders were continuing, with one militant shot dead this morning.

LAHAT DATU:  Malaysian police said Saturday they had arrested 79 people in Sabah as skirmishes to end a month-long incursion by armed Filipino Islamists left one more dead.

The death of a suspected militant in a shootout Saturday raised the toll to 61 as Malaysian authorities pursued scores of Filipino gunmen who landed in Sabah last month to resurrect long-dormant land claims.

Federal police chief Ismail Omar said operations to “flush out” the intruders were continuing, with one militant shot dead as he sought to escape a security cordon around two villages and overgrown plantation and swamp land.

Up to now the police have arrested 79 suspects whom we believe have some links with the intrusion,” he said without specifying where the suspects were seized or giving more details on them.

Police arrest 79 as incursion death toll hits 61

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Malaysiakini

Another intruder attempting to break cordon killed

Another intruder attempting to escape the security forces’s cordon in Lahad Datu this morning was shot dead, says inspector-general of police Ismail Omar.

“At around 6am this morning, one of the intruders attempted to escape from the cordon at Tanjung Batu.

“An exchange of gunfire ensued and security forces managed to shoot him (at around 8am),” he told a press conference at Felda Residence Sahabat this afternoon.

With this, a total of 34 enemies have been killed since the beginning of the all-out Ops Daulat assault in the red zone on March 5.

This brings the total number of enemies killed since the crisis began on Feb 12 to 53.

Another intruder attempting to break cordon killed

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LATEST DEVELOPMENT!

In an ABN-CBS News broadcast yesterday, Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Raul Hernandez said the government was still trying to verify the number of Filipino casualties in Sabah, saying they could only rely on information offered to them by the Malaysian authorities.

Malaysian Insider

Kiram clan wants death toll proven, insists only 10 soldiers dead

BY CLARA CHOOI
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
March 09, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — The Kiram clan believes only 10 of its men have fallen in Sabah and not 52 as claimed by Malaysian authorities, family spokesman Abraham Idjirani has said, suggesting the use of propaganda by Malaysia to claim success over its counterattack on the Filipinos.

Idjirani said the family wants Malaysia to permit foreign journalists, including those from the Philippines, to enter the conflict zone in Lahad Datu, Sabah, to confirm the Sulu death toll.

“You must allow the foreign and local media into the conflict areas to verify their claims. Until that is done, everything is subject to debate,” he was quoted in The Philippine Star as saying yesterday.

Kiram clan wants death toll proven, insists only 10 soldiers dead

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Explosions heard at 1.00am and 7.30am this morning, Saturday, 9 March 2013.

The explosions occurred in the red zone area of “Ops Daulat” in Sahabat 16 Felda plantation, prompting Felda settler Norashikin Sarbani, 33, to say that he was worried for a moment but realised that the gunfire could have come from the security forces engaged in the mopping-up and search operation.

Helicopters were also heard hovering above Felda Sahabat plantation.

Free Malaysia Today

Explosions in operations zone

March 9, 2013

No clashes were reported between the security forces and the militants, who are holed up in Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Tanjung Batu.

UPDATED

LAHAD DATU: Except for the sound of explosions at 1 am and 7.30 am, the Lahad Datu area was calm as the “Ops Daulat” offensive to flush out armed Sulu intruders entered its fifth day today.

No clashes were reported between the security forces and the militants, who had holed up in Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Tanjung Batu, 130km from here, since Feb 12.

People were going about their daily activities as usual in this town and Semporna, about 150km from here, Bernama reported.

Explosions in operations zone

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Malaysiakini

Sulu princess: Azzimuddie is ‘safe’

The daughter of Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III today said her uncle Azzimuddie Kiram remains “safe” even as she claimed civilians, including women and children, were among those killed by what she called Malaysia’s “maximum violence.”

Sulu princess: Azzimuddie is ‘safe’

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Killed Sulu general not Azzimuddie, says IGP

Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar today said the Sulu general which security forces killed yesterday was not Azzimuddie Kiram, the top leader of the intruders and brother of Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

Killed Sulu general not Azzimuddie, says IGP

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NST

08 March 2013| last updated at 09:58PM

LATEST ON LAHAD DATU: Heavy shellings in Felda Sahabat now

 Here is the timeline for March 8, as our security forces step up operations in Lahad Datu to deal with the terrorists.

10.02pm: No gun battle has been reported in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, in the last 24 hours, four days after security forces launched an offensive against Sulu militants.

9.38pm:  Sabah government is prepared to provide appropriate land to realise the creation of a Special Security Area (KKK) in the state as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

8.26pm: The National Press Club Malaysia (NPC) today advised journalists covering the security forces’ offensive against Sulu militants in Sabah to exercise utmost caution.

6.47pm: Heavy shellings at the red zones of Kg Tanduo and Tanjung Batu in Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu now.

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Malaysia incursion toll rises to 60 after new clashes

AFP NewsBy M. Jegathesan | AFP News – 20 hours ago

  • Graphic on the situation in Malaysian Borneo where authorities are searching for armed Filipino invaders

    AFP News – Graphic on the situation in Malaysian Borneo where authorities are searching for armed Filipino invaders

Malaysia said clashes between intruding Filipino militants and its security forces had left 60 people dead as of late Thursday, as it rejected a ceasefire offer from the fighters’ leader.

Police chief Ismail Omar said 32 followers of a self-proclaimed Philippine sultan had been killed in two confrontations since Wednesday near the scene of a three-week standoff in Sabah state, after a military assault to dislodge them.

That brought the total dead to 60, including 52 militants. Eight Malaysian policemen were killed in skirmishes last weekend.

Malaysia incursion toll rises to 60 after new clashes

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Is the ‘general’ Azimuddie Kiram?

Aside from saying that the ‘general’ was the group’s leader, Ismail did not confirm the identity of this person.

However, Azimuddie Kiram had previously been reported as being the group’s leader who had led them on an incursion into Sabah and subsequent takeover of Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu.

Malaysiakini

Security forces kill Sulu ‘general’, 31 others
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Malaysian security forces killed 31 Sulu intruders yesterday including their ‘general’ in a firefight in Tanjung Batu last night, said inspector-general of police Ismail Omar.

“We received reports from the ground commander confirming that 31 enemies have been shot and believed killed…

“Of the 31, we believe we have also killed their leader who is ranked ‘general’,” he told a press conference in Sahabat Felda Residence, Lahad Datu.

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There were no reports of casualties for Malaysian security forces in this round of engagements.

Furthermore, he said security forces also killed another intruder this morning in Kampung Tanduo, bringing the total to 32 Sulu casualties since 3pm yesterday.

Security forces kill Sulu ‘general’, 31 others

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One consequence will be that the social media will find it harder to get any information except for officialbroadcast…

Free Malaysia Today

Special Security Area for Sabah

March 7, 2013

The area will cover five districts in the state, with Lahad Datu as its central command.

LAHAD DATU: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today announced the establishment of a Special Security Area in Sabah to safeguard the sovereignty and security of the state’s east coast.

He said the Sabah Special Security Area encompassed the districts of Kudat, Tawau, Kunak, Sandakan and Lahad Datu.

“This Special Security Area will have Lahad Datu as its central command and several temporary cabins will be placed there so that it can begin functioning immediately,” he told news conference after checking on and attending a briefing on the ongoing “Ops Daulat” operation against armed intruders, here.

Special Security Area for Sabah

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Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III has called for a unilateral ceasefire in Lahad Datu, Sabah!

BUT Najib rejects it: he wants them to SURRENDER FIRST!

Malaysiakini

M’sia rejects ceasefire unless militants surrender

Malaysia has rejected Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s unilateral ceasefire, demanding that his men in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu surrender unconditionally, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“Philippines President Benigno Aquino has asked me what is Malaysia’s response to the offer for ceasefire.

“Our stance is they must lay down their arms unconditionally and surrender them to us,” he told a press conference after being briefed on the ground situation at Felda Sahabat Residence this afternoon.

He urged the group who slipped through Sabah’s borders and took over Kampung Tanduo on Feb 12 to do so as soon as possible.

Until then, Najib said Ops Daulat, a joint police-military operation to flush the militants out, will continue for as long as necessary.

“It will continue for as long as it takes until we eliminate them or they surrender,” he said.”

M’sia rejects ceasefire unless militants surrender

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Malaysiakini

Sulu sultan calls for ‘unilateral ceasefire’

Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III has called for a unilateral ceasefire in Lahad Datu, Sabah, following the deaths of several of his followers in a Malaysian military assault.

Even as Jamalul (left) called on forces loyal to him to stand down, he expressed hope Malaysia would also declare a ceasefire to prevent the further loss of lives.

The Sulu sultanate has so far counted 10 of its people dead and four injured from the assault by a combined Malaysian police-military force on Tuesday and yesterday.

His spokesperson Abraham Idjirani said 10 others being held by the Malaysian security forces, said spokesman .

Idjirani said despite the sultan’s unilateral ceasefire declaration issued this morning, their fighters would continue to maintain a defensive stance, and he urged Malaysia to declare a ceasefire.

Sulu sultan calls for ‘unilateral ceasefire’

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ATROCITIES COMMITTED AGAINST OUR POLICE OFFICERS IN EMPORNA!

Bodies in Semporna were mutilated, confirm police
10:02AM Mar 7, 2013

The six police officers who were killed at Kampung Simunul in Semporna on March 2 were found to be badly mutilated, said the police in a Facebook posting late yesterday.

Relating the chronology of events of the Sabah crisis, the police also revealed that they had to dispatch a rescue team to the village a day later to save the injured and retrieve their dead colleagues following a deadly ambush by a group of intruders from southern Philippines.
NONEPolice have named the six – Supt Ibrahim Lebar, ASP Michael Padel, Sergeant Baharin Hamit, Sergeant Abdul Aziz Sarikon, Koperal Salam Togiran and Lans Korporal Mohd Azrul Tukiran.

Bodies in Semporna were mutilated, confirm police

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Is what the Sulu invaders say TRUE?

Look at the two accounts:
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Rebel leader Agbimuddin Kiram and his band of militants have survived Malaysia’s aerial assault and “mop-up” operations, Sulu “princess” Jacel Kiram claimed this morning on national television in the Philippines.

2 According to Malay language daily Utusan Malaysia, yesterday’s assault had resulted in the killing of 30 Sulu militants. The fate of the group’s leader, Agbimuddin, was unknown despite rumours of his death, the newspaper added.

Malaysian Insider

One gunman killed today; still no bodies from airstrikes

UPDATED @ 02:23:09 PM 06-03-2013

By Boo Su-Lyn
March 06, 2013

March 6 ― Despite pounding a village here with airstrikes yesterday and sending in five battalions of soldiers, authorities said today that they have yet to recover any bodies of Filipino militants.

But Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said today that one Sulu gunman was shot dead early this morning in a brief gunfire exchange between local security forces and the 200-strong followers of the Sulu sultanate.

According to Malay language daily Utusan Malaysia, yesterday’s assault had resulted in the killing of 30 Sulu militants. The fate of the group’s leader, Agbimuddin, was unknown despite rumours of his death, the newspaper added.

One gunman killed today; still no bodies from airstrikes

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More ‘chase and kill’? Where are the bodies?

“We believe we have killed some enemies there but we cannot confirm the numbers at this moment…”

Security forces move into Tanjung Batu, more killed

Security forces have moved into Tanjung Batu, the neighbouring village of Kampung Tanduo where an operation to weed out Filipino intruders first began yesterday.

“The operation has been expanded to cover Tanjung Batu. The operation began at 3pm today. The police and armed forces moved into Tanjung Batu while tracking the intruders at around 4.15pm.

“There, gunfights occurred. We believe we have killed some enemies there but we cannot confirm the numbers at this moment,” Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar (left) told a press conference at Felda Sahabat residence this evening.

However, Ismail confirmed that Malaysian security forces were unscathed.

Security forces move into Tanjung Batu, more killed

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WHAT CAN WE BELIEVE? WHOM DO WE TRUST?

They had told us that 13 bodies were the result of the bombing.

Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein showed photographs of the dead combatants to the press.

Thirteen bodies of Filipino militants have been found after the authorities launched air strikes at the 200-strong Sulu group hiding in a village here yesterday, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

But now???

9 bodies were from Friday skirmish, says forces chief

Armed Forces chief Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin believed that the nine people that were discovered to be buried in Kampung Tanduo were killed during a gun battle with security forces last Friday, and not from yesterday’s air-and-ground assault.

“During the chance encounter (with security forces and Filipino intruders) on March 1, there were 12 (that we killed).

“But now we found nine in the hole. We believe there are three more. We are searching.

“They could have been buried or taken away to an area we do not know,” he told a press conference at Felda Sa

9 bodies were from Friday skirmish, says forces chief

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Malaysian Insider

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Police search two men detained near Tanjung Labian, a village adjacent to Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu, March 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

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Malaysiakini

CID, forensic teams attacked in Kg Tanduo ‘safe zone’

‘Just very recently, in a situation where clearance was already issued and the area assumed to be safe, our Criminal Investigation Department and forensic teams went in but were attacked.”

A forensic officer who was sent into Kampung Tanduo to gather evidence in the mop-up operation was attacked by remnants of the intruders, revealed Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

“There were two, three of them (intruders) who managed to escape our operation yesterday…

CID, forensic teams attacked in Kg Tanduo ‘safe zone’

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Four suspected militants arrested in Semporna
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Four men have been arrested in Semporna on suspicion of being militants, but there is as yet no information as to whether they have links to the self-styled Royal Sulu Army.

The arrest took place about noon at a house near the Sri Wangsa army camp at Jalan Lapangan Terbang,  about 3km from Semporna town.

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According to a police officer, the operation was conducted by a strike team from the Sabah police headquarters after a tip-off was received.

The officer, who declined to be named, told journalists that the men are suspected to be illegal immigrants from the Philippines, and that one of them also had drugs in his possession.

All four – two Suluks and two Bajaus – were unarmed when police moved in, carrying M16 machine guns, MP5 submachine guns and small army knives.

One of the men was wearing a white t-shirt with a BN logo on the front, and an image of Semporna MP Shafie Apdal – the rural and regional development minister – on the back.

The officer said that, although all four showed documents to prove that they have the right to remain in Sabah, there is a need to verify the authenticity of the papers.

Four suspected militants arrested in Semporna

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Free Malaysia Today

13 Sulu gunmen confirmed killed, says Mindef

UPDATED @ 05:57:30 PM 06-03-2013

By Boo Su-Lyn
March 06, 2013

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi with a picture showing the bodies of Filipino militants found after the airstrikes. – Photo by Saw Siow Feng

LAHAD DATU, March 6 – Thirteen bodies of Filipino militants have been found after the authorities launched air strikes at the 200-strong Sulu group hiding in a village here yesterday, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The defence minister showed the media two pictures of several corpses dressed in dark blue, lying facedown in a heap of dirt, saying that copies of the pictures would be distributed to the press later.

“This is a picture of a grave where the bodies were buried by the terrorists,” said Ahmad Zahid, showing a picture of wooden planks placed over the ground.

He added that the forensic police were shot at this afternoon while they were looking at the bodies, but said that they were not wounded.

13 Sulu gunmen confirmed killed, says Mindef

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Photos released of 13 dead intruders

The government today released three photographs of dead Sulu intruders in Kampung Tanduo while confirming that at least 13 enemy combatants are dead.

“This is released to show that what is ongoing is real and not a figment. This is the reality on the ground,” said Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at Felda Sahabat Residence, Lahad Datu.

Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi, who was also at the press conference, showed a picture of nine dead bodies piled up together.

Another photograph showed the corpse of a combatant that was killed this morning.

A final photograph showed a burial ground which did not depict any dead bodies, but the “mopping up” operation revealed that three bodies were inside.

Photos released of 13 dead intruders

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Malaysian Insider

Malaysia

‘Princess’ claims Kiram group alive, would free Malaysian hostages

By Clara Chooi
Assistant News Editor
March 06, 2013

Self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III (seated, right) and his followers display placards in front of Blue Mosque in Maharlika village, near Manila, March 1, 2013. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 ― Rebel leader Agbimuddin Kiram and his band of militants have survived Malaysia’s aerial assault and “mop-up” operations, Sulu “princess” Jacel Kiram claimed this morning on national television in the Philippines.

The daughter of the elderly Jamalul Kiram, one of the nine claimants to the Sulu Sultanate, said her uncle was willing to release the four Malaysian hostages they claim to be holding captive, but wanted to do so in front of the international media and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Committee to prove they were unharmed

“Kiram: Raja Muda is still safe, willing to release captives but in front of Red Cross and int’l media to show they were safely released,” ABS-CBN News Channel said in a Twitter posting on its interview with Jacel.

Princess’ claims Kiram group alive, would free Malaysian hostages

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Malaysiakini

One intruder believed dead in fresh clash in Lahad Datu

VIDEO | 1.44 mins

There was a fresh round of fighting at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu this morning following air and ground strikes on the area yesterday.

“At 6.45am, our security forces was fired upon and they were forced to return fire. I understand that one enemy was shot… we believe he was killed,” police chief Ismail Omar told a press conference in Lahad Datu.

However, he said security forces have not retrieved the body for safety reasons.

One intruder believed dead in fresh clash in Lahad Datu

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The Tausūg or Suluk people are an ethnic group of the Philippines and Malaysia. The term Tausūg was derived from two words tao and sūg (or suluk) meaning “people of the current”, referring to their homelands in the Sulu Archipelago.   (Wikipedia)

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Free Malaysia Today

“..the reinforcements “sailed in small numbers so they can easily penetrate Sabah unnoticed.”

10,000 Tausugs to sail to Sabah

March 5, 2013

The Moro National Liberation Front claims that many people, even non-combatants, are going to Sabah to help the Sulu Sultanate.

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Thousands of Tausug from Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi have sailed to Sabah to reinforce members of the so-called royal army of the sultanate of Sulu who are fighting it out with Malaysian security forces, a Moro National Liberation Front official said Tuesday.

“We can no longer prevent our people. We are hurt and many of our people, even the non-combatants, are going to Sabah to help the sultanate,” Habib Hashim Mudjahab, chair of the MNLF’s Islamic Council Committee, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

Mudjahab said at least 10,000 Tausug from Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga on Monday night started to reinforce the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III now holed up in a coastal village in Sabah via the Philippines’ so-called “southern backdoor,” a route regular traders are familiar with.

10,000 Tausugs to sail to Sabah

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Philippines Star

Kiram’s army safe after Sabah airstrike

By Mike Frialde (philstar.com) | Updated March 5, 2013 – 11:05am
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In this March 4, 2013 photo, Malaysia Army commandos prepare to board a helicopter to join an assault near the area where the stand-off with Filipino gunmen took place in Tanduo village, Lahad Datu, Sabab, Malaysia. Malaysian security forces using fighter jets attacked nearly 200 Filipino intruders on Tuesday to end the armed group’s three-week violent occupation of a Borneo village that became the country’s biggest security crisis in years. – AP

The airstrike launched by Malaysian fighter jets in Lahad Datu, Sabah Tuesday missed  the forces of Agbimuddin Kiram, the spokesman for the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo said.

Spokesman Abraham Idjirani said Agbimuddin called him about 7:30 a.m. and then again at 9:30 a.m. and reported that forces of the Malaysian military and police commandos attacked a position that they had previously occupied.

Idjirani also said Agbimuddin reported that the fighter jets started circling Lahad Datu on Monday night.

“(He told) us that the Malaysian forces and the police commandos, about seven battalions,  attacked the place suspected of being Agbimuddin’s camp,” he said.

Idjirani said the Malaysian jets bombed a position previously held by the forces of Agbimuddin but has now been occupied by Malaysian forces.

Kiram’s army safe after Sabah airstrike

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Malaysian Insider

Security forces have moved in to attack the Filipino militants holed up in Lahad Datu on Day 24 of their intrusion into Sabah.

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WHERE ARE THE BODIES OF THE INVADERS?

Malaysiakini

Doubts emerge over military assault on invaders

The military today launched a fierce assault including jet fighters on up to 300 Filipino intruders after a deadly three-week standoff, but the militants’ supporters said they had escaped and were alive and well.

Earlier federal police chief had also raised doubts about the success of the air and ground attack, saying “mopping up” operations had yet to find any bodies and suggesting at least some of the militants might have slipped away.
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But Abraham Idjirani, spokesman for the sultan Jamalul Kiram III, told AFP the attack had occurred “away from where” their men were, saying he spoke with the leader of the armed group about eight hours after the assault was launched.

Malaysian federal police chief Ismail Omar told reporters in a press conference hours after the initial attack that soldiers combing across a wide area of hilly plantation country were yet to find any dead militants.

Doubts emerge over military assault on invaders

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Malaysia Chronicle

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 08:37

Report says intruders “totally routed” but gunmen say won’t give up despite “OVERKILL”

Written by  Malaysia Chronicle

UPDATE12 Conflicting reports have emerged, with some Malaysian media reporting that the group of armed Filipino intruders in Lahad Datu had been “totally routed” while the Inspector General of Police said Malaysian security forces were still facing resistance.

“The Sulu armed group was totally routed by Malaysian security forces’ overwhelming firepower unleashed at 7am Tuesday,” the government-controlled Star Online news reported police sources as saying.
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Overkill, Moro fighters to help Sulu gunmen

Meanwhile, the Philippine Inquirer reported that the gunmen, who claim to be members of the Royal Sulu Army, have refused to surrender despite the heavy bombing by Malaysian fighter jets.

According to the Philippine daily, Sulu sultanate spokesperson Abraham Idjirani had spoken to the leader of group Azzimudie Kiram and was told the bombs had struck the area but did not hit the gunmen.

Report says intruders “totally routed” but gunmen say won’t give up despite “OVERKILL”

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Malaysia Chronicle

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 15:21

NO QUICK END TO SABAH CRISIS? Moro fighters to help Sulu gunmen,warn of huge weapons cache

Written by  Edd K Usman, Manila Bulletin

Summary

1 The next invaders will be battle-tested, Malaysian-trained commanders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), who know Sabah like the palm of their hands.

2 These MNLF forces may have at their disposal a huge arsenal, which they hid deep in Sabah’s rugged terrain when they returned to the Philippines after their rigid training.

3 Now, Filipinos in Sabah, who are not part of the forces of the Sultanate of Sulu, have already joined the fighting in reaction to what they perceived as Malaysian “atrocities” for killing Imam Maas and his four sons at 7:50 p.m. Saturday.

NO QUICK END TO SABAH CRISIS? Moro fighters to help Sulu gunmen,warn of huge weapons cache

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Makaysiakini

‘M’sian-trained’ Moro fighters to aid Sulu invaders
2:19PM Mar 5, 2013

The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has joined in the fray, with its former chief propagandist Hadji Acmad Bayam stating that its Malaysian-trained commanders will come in aid of the struggling forces of the Sulu Sultanate in Sabah.

Bayam told the Manila Bulletin that the MNLF allegedly has a huge cache of weapons they had hid deep in Sabah after their training there, including  Belgian-made G1 and FAL, which he claimed the late Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi supplied through Malaysia.

He further claimed that many Filipinos living in Sabah have joined in the fight against what they perceived to be Malaysian “atrocities”.

M’sian-trained’ Moro fighters to aid Sulu invaders

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Free Malaysia Today

Army begins mopping-up operation

FMT Staff | March 5, 2013

According to residents living close by, they heard the sound of jets just before the explosions.

UPDATED

LAHAD DATU: Malaysian forces are reportedly conducting a mopping-up operation after they launched a dawn assault on the armed group of Filipinos who killed eight policemen over the weekend.

The assault at Kampung Tanduo was preceded by the sound of bombs exploding and the sound of jets roaring overhead.

Even as the offensive was going on, Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar told a news conference here today that the police and army have achieved their objective in the operation code-named “Ops Sulu”.

Also present was Chief of Defence Forces Jeneral Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

Ismail confirmed that the security forces launched the offensive against the intruders whom he referred to as terrorists and were met with return fire. He said there were no casualities.

He said there was no civilians in the area of operation when the offensive was launched.
Government officials announced that the operation to retake Kampung Taduo, an area taken over by about 200 members of the Royal Army of Sulu claiming allegiance to Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, took place at 7am.

Army begins mopping-up operation

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Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 – The armed Sulu intruders who had been in Sabah for over three weeks suffered a total defeat in an attack by the Malaysian army early this morning, the Star Online reported today, citing police sources.

“The Sulu armed group was totally routed by Malaysian security forces’ overwhelming firepower unleashed at 7am Tuesday (today), police sources said,” the news portal said.

No Malaysians were killed in the attack but the numbers of those who had died or were wounded among the Filipino militants was unknown, the Inspector-General of Police said at a 11.30am media briefing today, the news portal reported.

The Star Online also said that the situation in Sabah’s east coast, where armed foreigners from the Philippines had clashed with Malaysian authorities, was reportedly under control.

Report: Total defeat for Sulu group in Sabah dawn attack

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Free Malaysia Today

Strike misses Kiram

March 5, 2013

Kiram and his men are holed up in a place far from the airstrikes, according to Philippine website PhilSTAR.com.

MANILA: The airstrike launched by Malaysian fighter jets in Lahad Datu todau missed the forces of Agbimuddin Kiram, the spokesman for the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo said.

Spokesman Abraham Idjirani said Kiram called him about 7.30am and then again at 9.30am and reported that forces of the Malaysian military and police commandos attacked a position that they (armed group) had previously occupied.

Idjirani also said Kiram reported that the fighter jets started circling Lahad Datu last night, the Philippine website PhilSTAR.com reported.

“[He told] us that the Malaysian forces and the police commandos, about seven battalions, attacked the place suspected of being Kiram’s camp,” he said.

Idjirani said the Malaysian jets bombed a position previously held by the forces of Kiram but has now been occupied by Malaysian forces.

Strike misses Kiram

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Malaysiakini

Sulu leader: What M’sia is doing is overkill
8:22AM Mar 5, 2013

The operation to dislodge foreign intruders from Kg Tanduo, where more than 100 gunmen have holed up for three weeks, began at 7am today.

LIVE REPORTS

1.30pm: Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi arrive at the Felda Sahabat Residence by helicopter. They have been ushered into a room for briefing.

1.08pm: The Star tweets: Following the Tanduo operations, Semporna has been put on alert.

1.07pm: ABS-CBN reports that, at a press conference in Manila, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F del Rosario has remarked: “The fate of the people in Lahad Datu depend on those who continue to make a defiant stand.”

1pm: In another posting at 12.43pm, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Azzimudie, who is leading Sulu gunmen in Lahad Datu, has told the Sulu sultanate spokesperson Abraham Idjirani that “we’re relaxing here”.

Idjirani says Azzimudie called him “two minutes ago” to inform that there were no casualties among the Sulu followers in the bombing runs by Malaysian jets.

He adds that it was “divine intervention” that no one from the royal army was hit. According to Azzimudie, the bombs had hit Malaysian police and military positions instead.

Sulu leader: What M’sia is doing is overkill

Malaysiakini

F/A-18 and Hawk fighters in Kg Tanduo aerial attack

Security forces launched an offensive against the armed intruders in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, in Sabah at 7am today, starting with an aerial attack as three explosions were heard in the direction of the coastal village.

F/A-18 and Hawk fighter aircraft were used in the aerial attack, which was followed by the firing of mortar and a ground assault by the army.

The team of commandos at the frontline cordoning off the area were seen approaching the village, followed by members of the General Operations Force.

F/A-18 and Hawk fighters in Kg Tanduo aerial attack

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Star

  • 5 Mar 2013
  • The Star Malaysia
  • Reports by P.K. KATHARASON, MUGUNTAN VANAR, RUBEN SARIO, MARTIN CARVALHO, MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR, FARIK ZOLKEPLI, SIRA HABIBU, TEH ENG HOCK, STEPHANIE LEE, LOSHANA K. SHAGAR, TASHNY SUKUMARAN, TAN SIN CHOW, YUEN MEIKENG, PATRICK, AUSTIN CAMOENS and RASHITH A.

Packing in more firepower

Heavy weapons roll in to combat Sulu gunmen

> Six armoured personnel carriers (APCs) roll into the Felda Sahabat plantation in Lahad Datu and are poised to attack Sulu gunmen in a standoff with security forces. > Seven army battalions sent to Sabah – five to Lahad Datu and one each to Sandakan and Tawau to boost public confidence. > ‘Red Zone’ declared in Tanjung Labian and two fishing villages where gunmen were sighted cordoned off. FELDA SAHABAT (Lahad Datu): Poised to attack anytime, security forces have begun to roll heavy equipment into a remote corner of the vast Felda Sahabat plantation, where the members of self-proclaimed Royal Sulu Sultanate Army have been in a standoff with Malaysian troops for three weeks.


Packing in more firepower

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Malaysiakini

Photo of beheaded man an old one, says army officer
7:46PM Mar 4, 2013

The photograph of a man allegedly beheaded in Lahad Datu, Sabah which has appeared online, is an old one and meant to deceive Malaysians, said Armed Forces deputy chief of staff Maj-Gen Abdul Aziz Ibrahim.

He revealed that the photograph was not taken at Lahad Datu at all, but originated from a neighbouring country years ago.

“The words ‘Lahad Datu’ was printed on the bottom to show what was happening in Lahad Datu and this shows ill intention by certain quarters towards the government,” he told Bernama today.

Condemning the act, Abdul Aziz did not dismiss the possibility that whoever had published the photo in the website, had done so for fun.
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Earlier today, inspector-general of police Ismail Omar was unable to confirm or deny an Utusan Malaysia report which claimed a police officer, one of six ambushed and killed by the armed intruders in Kampung Sri Jaya Simunul in Semporna on Saturday, was beheaded.

The killed gunmen are yet to be unidentified.

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Sundaily

Intruders emerge in yet another village

Posted on 4 March 2013 – 07:04pm
Last updated on 4 March 2013 – 07:09pm

Charles Ramendran
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

LAHAD DATU (March 4, 2013): Sulu gunmen were believed to have struck another village in Tanjung Labian about 80 kilometres from here today.

It is learnt that a police team was sent to Kampung Tanjung Batu at noon for a reconnaissance operation following intelligence reports of suspected intruders in military fatigues at the place.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said at a press conference at 4pm that police are inspecting the place and are yet to deliver a report on their findings.

Intruders emerge in yet another village

Malaysian Insider

Blockade around Tanjung Labian as more gunmen reported landing

March 04, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 ― Security forces have blocked off access into a seaside village in Tanjung Batu, near Lahad Datu, Sabah as unconfirmed sightings of gunmen in military fatigues emerged, several media reported this afternoon.

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Malaysiakini: Semporna Update[8pm]: Villagers evacuating homes

Malaysiakini

Fleeing residents call Semporna a ‘nightmare’
10:15PM Mar 4, 2013

Some residents in Semporna have decided to flee following the Saturday gunbattle in a nearby village which resulted in 12 deaths.

“Our peaceful town has become a nightmare to live in,” Julasri Yaakob, 38, told AFP as he heaved a bag full of clothes onto a lorry.

“We are moving out because these are uncertain times. We heard the gunshots. My children are afraid.”

Schools, stores and government offices were closed in the town but there was little sign of a security presence despite the recent shootout and fleeing population.

Fleeing residents call Semporna a ‘nightmare’

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Free Malaysia Today

More intruders arriving in pump boats

Azman Habu | March 4, 2013

The latest group of intruders who landed in Tanjung Labian arrived in civilian clothes and ‘grouped up and put on their military fatigues’, said Armed Forces chief Jeneral Zulkefli Mohd Zin.

SEMPORNA: More flash points have opened up on the east coast of Sabah. Reports have trickled in that Malaysian security forces are chasing multiple groups of invaders who have landed in support of their compatriots in Kampung Tanduo, about 160km from here.

Armed Forces chief Jeneral Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said the intruders came in small boats over the last few days from the Southern Philippine island of Sibutu, just a 25-minute boat ride from Semporna where six policemen were killed in an ambush in Kampung Sri Jaya.

In an indication that the Malaysian-Philippine maritime border remains porous, he said the hopping distance between the two areas permitted such clandestine groups to infiltrate Sabah at will without detection.

More intruders arriving in pump boats

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Malaysiakini

Some intruders escape from Kg Tandou

Residents of Tanjung Batu and Tanjung Labian have deserted their villagers in droves after the locals claimed that intruders holed up in neighbouring Kampung Tanduo have breached the security forces’ perimeter.

Local villager Gabril Asakil, 48, said some 50 intruders have occupied their village in Tanjung Batu for resources.

“We stay outside at night for security and only come back here in the morning.

“When we arrived in the morning, we found that they had already occupied our village, so we decided to leave,” he said.

Gabril said he was certain those who have taken over their village are the intruders from Kampung Tanduo as this was confirmed by the remaining villagers who were not able to escape.

Some intruders escape from Kg Tandou

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NST

4 March 2013| last updated at 06:27PM

LAHAD DATU Tg Labian, Tg Batu villagers evacuated after gunmen spotted

 Villagers in Tanjung Labian and Tanjung Batu in Felda Sahabat evacuated after gunmen spotted in the coastal villages.
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Malaysian Insider

Blockade around Tanjung Labian as more gunmen reported landing

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 ― Security forces have blocked off access into a seaside village in Tanjung Batu, near Lahad Datu, Sabah as unconfirmed sightings of gunmen in military fatigues emerged, several media reported this afternoon.

The Borneo Insider news portal reported unverified news of a group of 50 heavily-armed men landing near Felda Sahabat on Sabah’s east coast, and taking several hostages.

Malaysia’s security officials have set up their operations centre in Felda Sahabat where they are keeping a close watch around-the-clock on encounters between police personnel and groups of intruders, suspected to be Filipino Muslim militants linked to a Sulu clan claiming ownership of Sabah

Blockade around Tanjung Labian as more gunmen reported landing

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Utusan Malaysia today reported that one police personnel was trapped during the incident before he was beheaded, whereas another police personnel was stabbed and gutted.

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Malaysiakini

Poser over beheading of police in Semporna

The police are unable to confirm or deny that one of its personnel was beheaded during the clash with armed intruders in Kampung Sri Jaya Simunul, Semporna on Saturday.

This is despite the fact that the bodies of all six police personnel have been returned to their kin.

Speaking to reporters in Lahad Datu today, Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar said he has yet to see the post-mortem reports.

Reporter: Is it true that one of the police officers who was killed was beheaded?

Ismail: You’ve seen some of the pictures, we don’t know lah.

Reporter: Yesterday you said you were going to see the post-mortem report, so is it true?

Ismail: [Whispers to Sabah police chief Hamza Taib briefly] The police have not seen the post-mortem report yet. I’ve not seen the post-mortem report yet.

Poser over beheading of police in Semporna

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Enemy trying to lower police morale, says IGP

Those behind the armed intrusion in Sabah are spreading rumours to lower the morale of Malaysia’s security forces, said Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar.
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He said this when asked to comment on a rumour that a police officer had been arrested for sympathising with the intruders.

Ismail was also asked to respond to a wide range of claims made by the Royal Sulu Army and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) through the Filipino media.

They claimed that Filipinos living in Sabah have been mounting attacks on police stations and military trucks. They also claimed to be holding four Malaysian “officials” as hostages.

None of these allegations can be verified and details coming out from these groups are extremely sketchy.

Enemy trying to lower police morale, says IGP

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The sources said intelligence reports showed that the armed group of about 200 who are followers of self-proclaimed Sulu Ruler Sultan Jamalul Kiram III had planned the encroachment at least four months earlier.

Sundaily

Threat of migrant Filipinos in Sabah explodes

Posted on 4 March 2013 – 05:23am

Charles Ramendran
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

 

LAHAD DATU (March 4, 2013): Sources from the Philippines authorities monitoring the Kampung Tanduo standoff said Friday’s bloody clash that left 12 South Philippines gunmen dead may have provoked sentiments among their followers who have settled along the coastal villages between Tawau and Lahad Datu.

“These gunmen from the Sulu Sultanate are made up mainly of four tribes, namely the Tausug, Majuindanao, Badjao and Samal. These tribes have great brotherhood among them and regardless of their nationalities, they will rise in show of loyalty to their ethnicity.

“It will be no surprise if these tribes living in Malaysia join forces to fight the cause of their South Philippines counterparts.

“In South Philippines, these tribes also make up the bulk of MNLF and Abu Sayaf rebels, joining forces in an alliance of convenience to fight common causes. They are hardcore rebels who have battle in their blood and do not give up easily. It is not unusual for them fight to their death.” said a source.

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Sources also revealed that three of the five policemen who were killed in the ambush at Kampung Sri Jaya Siminul in Semporna were ruthlessly attacked with parangs and keris by a dozen of people said to be Tausug villagers living there.

It is learnt that a prominent and religious leader who was part of the group that was ambushed and shot by the police party was killed when police returned fire, and this infuriated the rest who went on a rampage with knives and sharp objects.

The superintendent had led three dozen police personnel in an operation at Kampung Sri Jaya Siminul, about 180km from the original area of intrusion at Kampung Tanduo.

Threat of migrant Filipinos in Sabah explodes

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The Star

  • 4 Mar 2013
  • The Star Malaysia

Two new flash points erupt

Army rushing reinforcements to help police deal with latest landings Cops, military taking cautious approach

SEMPORNA: Two new flash points involving armed intruders erupted in the east coast of Sabah as the army and police mapped out a strategy to storm the Sulu group of Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram at Tanduo village.

Security alert: Policemen standing guard in front of Semporna Hospital.

The army is rushing reinforcements to help the police deal with the latest landings of about 10 men in military gear sighted in Kunak, following the killing of six policemen and six intruders in a gun battle at the Simunul water village in Semporna on Saturday night.

Sighting of armed intruders were also claimed by villagers in Kinabatangan and elsewhere but, so far, the police have denied the reports.

At Kampung Senallang Lama, about 7km from Simunul, a former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) commander who was armed with an M16 assault rifle and a grenade launcher was said to have rounded up villagers as hostages at a mosque. He was killed by local youths.

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Keeping vigil: Malaysian soldiers guarding a road heading to the Simunul village where a gunfight with intruders occurred on Saturday night.

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NST

Part of Kampung Sri Jaya Simunul in Semporna, a village on water where the gun fight between the Sulu militants and Malaysian police took place. — NSTP/Datu Ruslan Sulai

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Malaysian Insider

DAY 22 OF SULU INCURSION INTO SABAH

A summary of the situation in Sabah on the 22nd day of the Sabah Sulu standoff. — Graphic by The Malaysian Insider

Another cop killed in Semporna skirmish, says IGP

UPDATED @ 12:02:36 AM 04-03-2013

SEMPORNA, March 3 — Another policeman was found killed from last night’s ambush Sri Jaya here today, bringing to eight the number of police personnel killed after three weeks of a Filipino militant incursion into Sabah, police said tonight.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar confirmed the death, saying that a total of six militants were also killed in the skirmish 150km from Lahad Datu where the bulk of militants have set up camp.

Another cop killed in Semporna skirmish, says IGP

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — The violent incursion into Sabah that has claimed 22 lives could be resolved peacefully if Manila would only endorse the Kiram clan’s claim to the north Borneo state, heirs to the Sulu sultanate told a Philippine newspaper today.

Self-professed Sulu sultan, Jamalul Kiram III told the Philippine Daily Inquirer he was still open to negotiating with the Aquino administration despite the Philippine president’s stand siding with the Malaysian government.

Sulu royalty open to talks, wants recognition of Sabah claim

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Lahad Datu update(3pm): Intruders well trained, more arrive

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LATEST: SEMPORNA

6 MALAYSIAN POLICEMEN DEAD, 6 INTRUDERS DEAD!
19 police officers safe…

Malaysiakini

12 dead, including 6 cops, in Semporna firefight

The firefight at Kampung Sri Jaya Simunul in Semporna has resulted in a total of 12 dead, says inspector-general of police Ismail Omar.

The police suffered six casualties, up one from what was initially reported, he told a press conference at Felda Sabahat Residence, Lahad Datu tonight.

“After our operation ended at 7pm today. We found another body of our police officer, so the total is six,” he said.

Ismail added that police also discovered six other bodies whose identities could not be ascertained.

“We believe they are the bodies of the enemies,” he said.

He added that the all of surviving 19 police officers who had gone into the village were also safely out of the village.

12 dead, including 6 cops, in Semporna firefight

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Free Malaysia Today

Did the police walk into a trap in Semporna?

Michael Kaung and Azman Habu | March 3, 2013

Inspector General of Police Ismail Omar says his men may have been lured in by decoys and fired upon as they entered the water village.

TAWAU: Police searching for a group of gunmen in Kampung Sri Jaya in the Simunul area in Semporna may have walked into a trap that was set for them.

According to sources, the gunmen appeared ready for the police raid and opened fire as the police were on the narrow single-plank walkways linking the various houses on stilts.

Five policemen, including an officer, and two unidentified gunmen were killed during the firefight that occurred around 7pm yesterday.

Police have encircled the village, one of many that are perched on stilts over the sea, to track down remaining gunmen.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/03/did-the-police-walk-into-a-trap-in-semporna/#sthash.mFR0djBb.dpuf

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NAJIB, DESPERATE TO FIND A WAY OUT OF THE DEEP HOLE HE IS IN, WANTS ANWAR TO BE INVESTIGATED ON JUST AN UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIM!

If he could lay blame on Anwar Ibrahim, would he arrest him and charge him with treason?

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PM orders probe into alleged opposition involvement in Sulu intrusion

The Manila Times had reportedly claimed that the incursion was related to the Malaysian opposition’s campaign to give Sabah autonomy if they win. 

 Malaysian Insider

UPDATED @ 04:52:20 PM 03-03-2013

March 03, 2013

KANGAR, March 3 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has ordered the intelligence authorities to investigate a claim that an opposition leader had a hand in the armed intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

He said the allegation was a serious matter but there must be strong evidence to identify the mastermind.

Najib said he was puzzled as to why the armed men came to Sabah at a time when the country was about to hold a general election when the Sulu Sultanate had laid claim to Sabah a long time ago.

“All avenues must be investigated. (Philippine) President (Benigno S.) Aquino (III) also wants to know the truth. The whole episode is a major embarrassment for the Philippine government.

“They do not wish to see their citizens involved in aggression, violence, use of weapons and killing of our people,” he told reporters after opening the main campus of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) in Pauh, near here, today.

PM orders probe into alleged opposition involvement in Sulu intrusion

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THE CRISIS DEEPENS

SEMPORNA

Malaysiakini

Bodies of some fallen cops yet to be retrieved

Some of the bodies of the five police personnel who were killed by gunmen in Semporna last night have yet to be recovered.

According to Sabah police chief Hamzah Taib, a standoff with the gunmen, estimated to be less than 10 left, in Kampung Sri Jaya Simunul is still ongoing.

However, he said the police are making efforts to recover the bodies.

“We must remember this village is on water, the walkway is only wood and houses are all near by, if we were to conduct an operation (to retrieve the bodies).

“If it is in the morning it’s fine, but at night, it is dangerous,” he told a press conference in Lahad Datu.

Bodies of some fallen cops yet to be retrieved

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Free Malaysia Today

Villagers beat gunman to death

March 3, 2013

A reporter on his way to an assignment in Kampung Nihak Nihak about 30 kilometres from Semporna saw the dead body of an armed man.

SEMPORNA: A man armed with a M16 rifle, believed to have been involved in an ambush which claimed the lives of five policemen at Kampung Sri Jaya, Siminul, Semporna last night, was beaten to death by a group of Kampung Senallang Lama villagers here.

The man has yet to be identified.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/03/villagers-beat-gunman-to-death/#sthash.LSLhuYHH.dpuf

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Malaysiakini

Villagers kill armed intruder

An armed intruder who attempted to single handedly take 80 people hostage in Kampung Senallang Lama, Semporna resulted in him being lynched to death.

Sabah police chief Hamzah Taib told a press conference at Lahad Datu today the man had escaped from Kampung Sri Jaya Simunul, Semporna which has been cordoned off by the police.

“He made the people there hostage with a M16 and a grenade launcher.

“He went house to house and demanded all 80 of the villagers to come out and instructed them to (enter) a mosque.

“Twenty youths, who were instructed to go to the mosque, then retaliated by beating him up and killing him,” he said.

He added that the two villages are only 7km apart.

Villagers kill armed intruder

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Malaysiakini

Filipinos claim to have four hostages
3:30PM Mar 3, 2013

The Sulu Sultanate claim that Filipinos living in Sabah have captured four Malaysian in Semporna as hostages, but the police are unable to verify this claim.

According to Filipino media reports, Sulu Sultanate spokesperson Abraham Idjirani said that captured a Malaysian government official, two military officials and one police personnel.

According to Abraham, the capture was conducted by Filipinos living in Sabah in response to an alleged slaying of an imam and his four sons in Semporna.

Filipinos claim to have four hostages

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IN SEMPORNA, NOT ONE POLICEMAN BUT FIVE WERE KILLED!

NOW, MORE INTRUDERS HAVE LANDED!!!

These intruders are well-trained, says Army General…

Malaysiakini

Army General: Intruders ‘well-trained’

Army General Zulkifli Zainal Abidin opinied that armed intruders in Sabah have shown combat experience and adeptness in insurgency tactics.

“From our intelligence and observation, they have combat experience and their insurgency guerilla tactics are quite good, I would say,” he said.

He said that the group has positioned snipers in one area with a large public space. He did not name the area.

“They know we are not able to go in without casualties because of the open area,” he told a press conference in Felda Sahabat Residence, Lahad Datu.

Today was the first ever joint press conference by the police and army, more than three weeks after the first standoff in Kampung Tandou, some 15km away from here.

The press conference was held following another landing by intruders in Kunak and an ambush on a police team in Sempoerna.

Army General: Intruders ‘well-trained’

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Malaysiakini

GP: More armed intruders have landed

More armed intruders have landed in Sabah following clashes between Malaysian security personnel and followers of the Sulu Sultanate.

Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar confirmed that the intruders had infiltrated two villages in Kunak, a town between Semporna and Lahad Datu – both flashpoints over the past two days.

Ismail said the authorities were alerted late last night that at least ten intruders were present in Kunak.

“There were sightings of a group of ten men, three of them were in military fatigues similar to those in Kampung Tandou,” he told a press conference in Lahad Datu.

He added that security forces have moved in to contain the group within the area.

IGP: More armed intruders have landed

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Free Malaysia Today

Five cops, two intruders killed in Semporna

March 3, 2013

The ambush by unidentified armed intruders also resulted in the death of two of them.

LAHAD DATU: Five policemen, one of them an officer, were killed in an ambush by armed intruders in Kampung Sri Jaya, Simunul, Semporna, Sabah, last night, Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar told reporters in Lahad Datu today.

He said two of the armed intruders were also killed.

The policemen, from the Semporna District Police Headquarters, had been ordered to carry out an investigation at the village following a tip-off that there was a group of armed men there, he said.

Ismail said the policemen were shot while heading towards a house in the village and opened fire in self defence.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/03/another-cop-dead-maritime-tigthens-security/#sthash.6p1jaywj.dpuf

Five cops killed in Semporna ambush, says IGP

Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar today confirmed that five police officers were killed in a skirmish with an armed group in Semporna, Sabah.

“Yesterday evening, we received information there was an armed group in Kampung Sri Jaya Simunul, Sempoerna.

“Based on this information, a police team from the Semporna district police headquarters entered the place but were ambushed when they arrived,” he told a press conference in Felda Sabahat Residence, Lahad Datu.

The Semporna incident followed the killing of two police personnel on Friday in Lahad Datu, where a shootout with armed intruders loyal to the Sulu Sultanate took place.

With a total death toll of seven thus far, this is likely one of the worst assault on Malaysia’s security forces since the communist insurgency.

Five cops killed in Semporna ambush, says IGP

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Free Malaysia Today

Defiant Sulu Sultan mocks calls to surrender

FMT Staff | March 3, 2013

Sultan Jamalul Kiram III says his soldiers will not bow to either Malaysia or to Philippines President Benigno Aquino.

KOTA KINABALU: The only man with the power to stop more bloodshed in a remote village in Lahad Datu, Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III, has mocked the idea of surrender.

For him and his armed followers, who are occupying a seaside village called Kg Tanduo, about 160km from Lahad Datu town, averting a looming bloody showdown is dependent on Malaysia acknowledging Sabah as part of the Sulu sultanate and its handover to the Philippines.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/03/defiant-sulu-sultan-mocks-calls-to-surrender/#sthash.5NS2AFsU.dpuf

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Malaysia Chronicle

Sunday, 03 March 2013 06:14

ANOTHER COP KILLED: Will Najib use Lahad Datu to postpone elections in Sabah?

Written by  Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

As the Lahad Datu saga becomes more convoluted with the killing of a third policeman, there are growing fears that embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak might freeze elections in Sabah state, citing unrest and instability caused by a recent shootout with armed intruders.

Opposition politicians are bracing for Najib and his Umno party to show their trump card soon as the deadline for Malaysia to hold its 13th general election nears.

“We don’t know what the end game is but one possibility is that they might use the Lahad Datu incident to delay voting for Sabah in GE13,” PKR vice president and MP for Batu Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

His concerns are shared by many who have been following the events unfolding in the East Malaysian state, where Najib’s Umno-BN coalition has been losing ground to the Pakatan Rakyat led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

ANOTHER COP KILLED: Will Najib use Lahad Datu to postpone elections in Sabah?

Related Stories:

LAHAD DATU BACKFIRES: Najib is shaking, has he lost Sabah – Anwar

CONFUSION IN SABAH: Najib, Hisham under fire amid concerns of a political conspiracy

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As the Tandou standoff entered its 18th day yesterday, group leader Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram declared that he and his followers would fight to the death. (Star)

IT IS NOT GOOD FOR MALAYSIA TO ALLOW THEM TO BE MARTYRS FOR THEIR CAUSE!

Will it be a fight to the end, THEIR LAST STAND? Are they going to go down in a blaze of glory? And in that way, become MARTYRS, to inspire others of their kin, tribe, religion and political persuasion?

Star

  • 3 Mar 2013
  • The Star Malaysia
  • Reports by P.K. KATHARASON, MUGUNTAN VANAR, RUBEN SARIO, FARIK ZOLKEPLI, AUSTIN CAMOENS, STEPHANIE LEE, WONG PEK MEI and TASHNY SUKUMARAN

No way out!

We will fight to the death, declares Sulu gunmen leader

With a heavy security ring around them, the Sulu armed intruders are cornered. Yet, they are refusing to surrender, raising fears of further bloodshed.

FELDA SAHABAT (Lahad Datu): The Sulu armed intruders have spurned calls for them to surrender despite being cornered, setting the stage for possibly more bloodshed.

— BernamaAll set and ready: Commandos guarding an area about a kilometre from Kampung Tanduo as they await orders from their superiors.

No way out!
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Free Malaysia Today

‘Many worried situation could spread’

Thomas Pi | March 3, 2013

Police assurances that the situation in Lahad Datu is under control has not lulled anyone here into letting down their guard.

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LAHAD DATU: There was little on display on the streets of this normally bustling agricultural town this weekend.

It was like a switch had been clicked off and the town had come to a standstill. Most resident have parked their vehicles close to their homes and have remained indoors on the advice of the police. The daily traffic jams that residents had long complained of were absent.

Residents here appear tense and cautious and when asked say they are staying away from the town  until the ongoing armed stand-off is settled one way or the other.

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Free Malaysia Today

Police: No curfew in Lahad Datu

March 2, 2013

Police airdropped messengers in English and Suluk calling for the intruders to surrender.

LAHAD DATU: The police today airdropped from a helicopter leaflets ordering the surrender of about 100 armed intruders holed up in a village in Sabah whose encounter with the police yesterday resulted in 14 deaths. Two of those killed were Malaysian police commandos.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/02/police-no-curfew-in-lahad-datu/#sthash.qpB2UoIc.dpuf

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NST

3 March 2013| last updated at 01:17AM

One policeman killed, two wounded in Semporna gunfight

LAHAD DATU: One policeman was killed and two wounded in a gunfight in Kampung Sri Jaya Siminul, Semporna yesterday.Sabah police commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said a team of police had entered the village about 7pm looking for a group of men believed to be sympathisers of the armed men in the Lahad Datu stand-off.

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Free Malaysia Today

Trouble brewing in Filipino-‘powered’ Semporna?

Azman Habu | March 2, 2013

Unconfirmed reports of gunshots, explosions and warnings for people to avoid areas with large concentrations of Filipinos in Semporna, are making its rounds in Sabah’s east coast.

TAWAU: Police in Semporna, where thousands of Filipinos have made their home,  and in other districts along the east coast of Sabah are said to be on high alert following unconfirmed reports of an explosion in Semporna.

Local residents in the scenic seaside town are reporting a large police operation around Kg Sri Jaya after two explosions were heard.

“Bahaya, bahaya (danger, danger)” said one resident when contacted by cellphone.

Unconfirmed reports said that shots were also fired and at least one police officer was injured.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/02/trouble-brewing-in-filipino-powered-semporna/#sthash.RuWZC5GC.dpuf

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NST

02 March 2013| last updated at 11:42PM

Two cops shot, injured during raid in Pulau Simunul, Semporna

By Avila Samuel | news@nst.com.my
LAHAD DATU: Two members of the police’s General Operations Force (GOF) were injured in a shooting incident while pursuing three criminals at Kampung Simunul, Semporna, in Sabah, about 130km from here earlier tonight.

They were part of a 40-member team sent to the water village opposite the Seafest Hotel at 4pm to search for the suspects.
At 7pm, the team was fired upon by the three suspects who were  believed to  be armed with several firearms.
Sabah police commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said the team had surrounded the village when the criminals believed to be armed with several firearms took shots at them before escaping.

Read more: Two cops shot, injured during raid in Pulau Simunul, Semporna – Latest – New Straits Times

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Malaysian Insider

Shooting in Semporna, cops say no link to Lahad Datu standoff

UPDATED @ 12:00:20 AM 03-03-2013

March 02, 2013

Royal Malaysian Navy’s fast assault crafts are seen on patrol near the beach of Tanjung Labian, near an area where the Sulu armed men are holding off in Kampung Tanduo. Sabah police say that two policemen were injured tonight in a gunfight with armed men in Pulau Simunul near Semporna, Sabah. – Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 – Two policemen were injured tonight in a gunfight with armed men in Pulau Simunul near Semporna, Sabah but police say the shootout was not linked to the Lahad Datu standoff with Filipino militants.

Sabah police chief Datuk Hamzah Taib said a team of policeman had gone to the island in search of several people after receiving reports that they possessed firearms.

“The policemen entered the village and were walking on the stilt boardwalk when they were fired upon and two of our men were injured,” Hamzah said as fear gripped people in Semporna and Tawau that a group of gunmen had attacked security forces.

Hamzah said that follow-up operations are ongoing.

Shooting in Semporna, cops say no link to Lahad Datu standoff

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Malaysiakini

Cops airdrop leaflets, order intruders to surrender

The police today airdropped from a helicopter leaflets ordering the surrender of about 100 armed intruders holed up in a village in Sabah whose encounter with the police yesterday resulted in 14 people killed, two of them police commandos.

Sabah police commissioner Hamza Taib (right) said the leaflets carried the order in English and Suluk, reading: “Warning. Lay down your arms. Surrender. Surrender. Surrender.”

Hamza also said that the police were collaborating with the army to resolve the matter.

Cops airdrop leaflets, order intruders to surrender

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Fight to the end!

…Agbimuddin, in a letter read out by his sister Jaclyn, said they chose to remain and die in Lahad Datu.

“After we buried our nine brothers and one sister at sundown, everyone of the 224 left decided to die in Lahad Datu in pursuit of their dreams and aspirations…and have decided to put everything in the hands of Allah,” wrote Agbimuddin.

Free Malaysia Today

‘We have decided to die in Lahad Datu’

FMT Staff | March 2, 2013

Philippines has set up a legal team to look into Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s claims on Sabah

LAHAD DATU: The Philippines government has re-iterated its call to followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to surrender and prevent further bloodshed in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

The government has also said that a legal team would look into Kiram’s claim on Sabah.

Reading a statement from President Benigno Aquino, spokesman Edwin Lacierda, said  the path chosen by Kiram’s army  in Sabah was “wrong.”

“Our objective from the very start has been to avoid the loss of lives and the shed of blood. However, you did not join us in this objective.

“Because of the path that you (Kiram) chose, what we have been trying to avoid has come to pass, “ he told reporters in Manila.

He was referring to the shootout between Malaysian security forces and Kiram so

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/02/%e2%80%9cwe-have-decided-to-die-in-lahad-datu%e2%80%99/#sthash.vRNxwa0C.dpuf

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LOOKING TO BLAME ANWAR IBRAHIM!

Bernama today also cited an unnamed report quoting a Philippine army personnel, “who is a loyal follower of Sulu raja muda, Azzimudie Kiram, as saying the group has come at the invitation of a ‘Malaysian opposition’ to discuss land issues in Sabah”.

Malaysiakini

Mainstream media drags Anwar into Lahad Datu fiasco
2:23PM Mar 2, 2013

Mainstream media reports have linked the Philippine intrusion in Lahad Datu with the opposition, in particular PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia today carried the report, citing the blog MPP Online quoting Philippine media Inquirer News.

“A Philippine news portal Inquirer News has exposed that a top opposition leader in Sabah who is close to (opposition leader) Anwar had met with the insurgents offering his support for the group presently in Sabah.

Mainstream media drags Anwar into Lahad Datu fiasco

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IT’S NOT OVER YET!

It is believed that the bulk of the Sulu group is still holed up in Kampung Tanduo.

Sundaily

Lahad Datu standoff: 11 schools ordered closed

Posted on 2 March 2013 – 06:01pm
Last updated on 2 March 2013 – 07:06pm

BATU PAHAT (March 2, 2013): Eleven schools in the Lahad Datu District, Sabah have been temporarily closed following skirmishes between the security forces and the armed intruders in Kampung Tanduo, 130km from Lahad Datu, yesterday.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said two of the schools were ordered closed from yesterday until Monday while nine others from yesterday until next Wednesday to ensure the safety of the teachers and students.

“It will be reopened if the security situation is deemed under control by the authorities. Otherwise, they will remain close until further notice,” he told reporters after launching the National Project Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) 7: My Beautiful Neighbourhood (MyBN) at Taman Nira here today.

– See more at: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/626273#sthash.bl9K3cPC.dpuf

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Malaysiakini

Hisham, IGP talk tough, issue ultimatum to gunmen

The authorities today warned the armed intruders claiming to be from the royal army of the Sulu sultanate to immediately lay down arms and surrender or face dire consequences.

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the gunmen had no alternative following the gun battle yesterday in Kampung Tanduo, 130km from here, which resulted in the death of 12 of them and two police commandos.

Hisham, IGP talk tough, issue ultimatum to gunmen

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Sure, the gunfight is over but the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has warned that the use of force by Malaysia in Lahad Datu yesterday may escalate hostilities in Sabah and this may result in a civil war.

Malaysiakini

Lahad Datu attack may escalate into ‘civil war’
8:36AM Mar 2, 2013

The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) warned that the use of force by Malaysia in Lahad Datu yesterday may escalate hostilities in Sabah and this may result in a civil war.

“I am afraid there will be a civil war in Sabah because thousands of Bangsamoro are residing in Sabah,” said MNLF political chief Gapul Hajiru.

“It’s only MNLF chairperson Nur Misuari who could decide on the matter. Whatever his decision, we will follow. Our Tausug brothers and sisters of Sulu and the Samals in Tawi-Tawi were saddened and are hurting by the turn of the events,” said Gapul.

According to the Philippine Star, there are more than 8,500 Filipinos – mostly Tausugs (Sulu people) – in Sabah whom Gapul claims are potential supporters of the Sultanate of Sulu in which Malaysia has been paying an annual lease of RM5,300 for “their homeland”.

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Free Malaysia Today

Lahad Datu invasion: The real story?

Amir Ali | March 2, 2013

The sultanate has little resources at its disposal to run the ‘government’ of Sulu. Thus a fresh deal with Malaysia will help it keep the ball rolling.

COMMENT

The Lahad Datu “invasion” is not merely about a group of armed men intruding into Sabah. After weeks of a tense standoff between the “occupiers” and Malaysian security forces, a clearer picture has emerged.

It appears that the heavily armed group wants to turn the “occupation” into an international issue, specifically to draw attention to its plea for an independent Sulu sultanate.

But the sultanate is financially not in good shape and hence, the group turned its attention to Sabah where it claimed the Sulu sultan has “rented out” the state to Malaysia.

The Sulu sultan told AFP on Feb 27 that the Malaysian government is paying the sultanate RM5,300 yearly in exchange for agreeing to let Sabah become a Malaysian state.

It appears that the group wants to renegotiate for a higher “rent”. By seeking a higher payment, the sultan hopes to keep Sulu afloat.

However, the Malaysian government has not acknowledged the existence of such a “rent”.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2013/03/02/lahad-datu-invasion-the-real-story/#sthash.Y3ArMJrN.dpuf

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Sabah Chief Police on situation at Lahad Datu

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For photos, go to the NST link: LAHAD DATU: Picture Gallery – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/fon

01 March 2013| last updated at 10:13PM

LAHAD DATU: Picture Gallery

 Lahad Datu

Almost all shops in Lahad Datu are closed

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LATEST: 14 DEAD but 150 are still in the kampung!

Malaysiakini

14 killed in Lahad Datu firefight, including 2 M’sians
12:03PM Mar 1, 2013

The Malaysian security forces ended the 17-day stand-off in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu this afternoon after an exchange of fire with the Sulu sultanate intruders that resulted in 14 deaths, including two Malaysian police commandos.

7.05pm: The two Malaysian police commandos killed are Inspector Zulkifli Mamat and Corporal Sabarudin Daud.
Three others were injured, one of who is in a critical condition, and they have been hospitalised.
They are from VAT69, an elite police commando unit with its roots in counter-insurgency against the communists, and which has since been re-tasked for counter-terrorism and special operations.

14 killed in Lahad Datu firefight, including 2 M’sians

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Free Malaysia Today

Lahad Datu a ghost town as night falls

Thomas Pi | March 1, 2013

People are staying indoors and many of the well-to-do residents have left the town.

LAHAD DATU: As dusk fell here, this scrappy municipality that is normally bustling on a weekend night, resembled a ghost town.

Police have confirmed that 12 “Sulu” gunmen, who were part of a large group from the Philippines claiming to represent the Sultan of Sulu and had forcedly occupied Kampung Tanduo, were killed in the shootout that also claimed the lives of two police officers.

But Sabah chief of police Hamza Taib told reporters that some 150 of the intruders are still holed up in the kampung and the tense stand-off that entered its 17th day today is still on, setting nerves on edge in the town and its vicinity.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/01/lahad-datu-a-ghost-town-as-night-falls/#sthash.CM5vVhMX.dpuf

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Terkini Darurat Di Lahad Datu

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Malaysia Chronicle

Friday, 01 March 2013 16:56

CONFUSION IN SABAH: Najib, Hisham under fire amid concerns of a political conspiracy

Written by  Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

Embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government came in for a tongue-lashing for the confusion shrouding the Malaysian army’s raid into a coastal village in Sabah, where 10 armed intruders from the Philippines and 2 Malaysian police commandos have reportedly been killed.

“Where is the Defense Minister in all this, why is Hishammuddin raising more questions than answers,” Najwan Halimi, the political aide to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, told Malaysia Chronicle.

CONFUSION IN SABAH: Najib, Hisham under fire amid concerns of a political conspiracy

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Malaysia raids Sabah village to end stand-off

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Our Malaysian army all ready to tackle foreign invasion…

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NST

01 March 2013| last updated at 04:54PM

LAHAD DATU Curfew declared in town

 KUALA LUMPUR: Police has declared an immediate curfew in Lahad Datuk following the gunfight which broke out between security forces and the Sulu gunmen holed up in Tanduo village since Feb 9.It is learnt the decision was made as a precautionary measure after two police commandoes were killed today when a mortar bomb hit Kampung Tanduo, which had been turned into a fortress by a group of armed Filipino intruders here.

Read more: LAHAD DATU Curfew declared in town – Latest – New Straits Times http://

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Official: Three killed, 10 surrender

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Free Malaysia Today

Lahad Datu standoff over, 2 commandos killed

FMT Staff | March 1, 2013

10 of the intruders have surrendered while Malaysian authorities are pursuing the rest.

UPDATED

LAHAD DATU: The standoff in Sabah between the “royal army” of the Sultanate of Sulu and Malaysian authorities is over, Malaysian Ambassador to Philippines Mohammad Zamri Mohammad Kassim told Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario in a Manila meeting today.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters at a press conference that ambassador Kassim met with Del Rosario around 2pm to inform them that the standoff has ended.

Kassim informed Del Rosario that 10 members of the “royal army” surrendered after Malaysian authorities “conducted an assault at Lahad Datu at 10 this morning,” Hernandez said.
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“The group of Kiram at Lahad Datu escaped and ran towards the sea, 10 men surrendered,” he added.

Malaysian authorities are pursuing the group, Hernandez said.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/01/lahad-datu-standoff-over-2/#sthash.M0rD12c5.dpuf

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Malaysiakini

Malaysian forces end Lahad Datu standoff
12:03PM Mar 1, 2013

The Malaysian security forces ended the 17-day stand-off in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, this afternoon after an exchange of fire with the Sulu sultanate intruders that resulted in at least three deaths, including two Malaysian police commandos.

The duo were killed in a mortar attack while the third person, the owner of the house where the Sulu sultan’s brother Azzimudie Kiram was staying, was also killed in the incident.

A spokesperson of the Sulu sultanate claimed that 10 people were killed and four others wounded but Manila is still verifying the claim.

4.44pm: Bernama reports that the police will call a press conference at Lahad Datu at about 5pm on the operation.

Two cops were killed by mortar shell while another two were injured.

Reporters have been directed to leave the incident area due to security concern.

Inspector-general of Police Ismail Omar is already in Sabah.

4.35pm: Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein tweets that he is heading to Sabah for a first-hand briefing on the situation in Lahad Datu.

“Heading to Sabah for first hand briefing of situation on the ground. CPO Sabah expected to update media in Lahad Datu ASAP,” he posted on Twitter.

Malaysian forces end Lahad Datu standoff

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Filipinos losing jobs in Sabah following standoff

March 1, 2013

Some of those laid off claim that it was because of the standoff between the followers of the Sulu Sultanate and the Malaysian security force.

ZAMBOANGA CITY : Malaysian employers have laid off a number of Filipino workers in Sabah in light of the tensions created by the “homecoming” of the heirs of the sultanate of Sulu and armed members of their “royal army” to press their proprietary claims over the eastern portion of the island, relatives of the workers and local officials in Mindanao said.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/01/filipinos-losing-jobs-in-sabah-following-standoff/#sthash.goA74PXA.dpuf

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INVASION!

About 180 Filipino rebels, including 30 gunmen, invaded Sabah on February 9 and have refused to leave, despite pleas from the Malaysian and Philippine governments.

The armed group is demanding recognition from Malaysia and renegotiation of the original terms of a lease on Sabah by the Sultanate to a British trading company in the 19th century. Malaysian officials have said the group’s demands would not be met. 

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.Policemen keeping watch on schoolchildren in Kampung Tanjung Labian, near Tungku in Lahad Datu where armed intruders are in a stand-off with Malaysian authorities.

Read more: Shots fired as tension rises over stand-off – General – New Straits Times

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‘Sulu sultanate eyeing the riches of Sabah’

March 1, 2013

The heirs of Sulu Sultanate have indicated that they want an increase in their annual ‘rental fees’.
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…the Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and his followers could be eyeing a piece of the oil and gas pie that Malaysia has been monopolising.

Sabah is just a fourth of the Philippines’ landmass, yet it is richly blessed with oil and gas, contributing 14 percent of Malaysia’s natural gas and 30 percent of its crude oil reserves.

Sabah’s oil and gas industry has been operating for over 30 years, and in 2009 its oil and gas were the biggest contributor to the island’s gross domestic product.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/01/sulu-sultanate-eying-the-riches-of-sabah/#sthash.X8oHmfh0.dpuf

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As of 10am this morning all shops, banks and schools have been ordered to shut down.

Lahad Datu has come to a standstill with long lines of vehicles stuck from all the main routes into town.

Unconfirmed reports also said that all flights into Sabah have been cancelled.

Free Malaysia Today

Gunfight at Lahad Datu

FMT Staff | March 1, 2013

Philippines Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said Malaysian authorities issued ‘warning shots’ because some members of the group had violated their security cordon.

UPDATED

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian security forces opened fire at the over 200 Sulu army soldiers holed up at the Felda Sahabat oil plam plantations in Lahad Datu, Sabah, here at around noon today.

A flurry of text messages from FMT correspondents in Lahad Datu also confirmed the shootout.

Unconfirmed reports claimed that 10 of the armed group were killed while four Malaysian security forces were injured.

FMT ground reports said several Malaysian security personnel, some seriously injured, have been rushed to Lahad Datu hospital. Some locals living in the area have said they have seen bodies being moved out.

As of 10am this morning all shops, banks and schools have been ordered to shut down.

– See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/03/01/gunfight-at-lahad-datu/#sthash.JbuTu0hp.dpuf

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A spokesperson of the Sulu Sultanate, Abraham Idjirani, claimed that Malaysian police commandos were using snipers to get at Azzimudie’s men.

Malaysiakini

Sulu sultanate claims 10 intruders killed in Lahad Datu
12:03PM Mar 1, 2013

A spokesperson of the sultanate of Sulu claimed that 10 people were killed and four others were wounded in a firefight between Malaysian security forces and the Sulu sultanate intruders in Lahad Datu this morning.

ABS-CBNnews reported that spokesperson Abraham Idjirani said he had just talked to the self-proclaimed Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram’s (left) brother Azzimudie Kiram, who heads the armed group in Lahad Datu.

Azzimudie confirmed that 10 of his men were killed while four others were wounded in the shooting incident.

“He saw the bodies himself,” Idjirani told a press conference in Manila.

“The fatalities included one woman.”

Idjirani appealed to the Malaysian government to stop the attack, saying Azzimudie’s men were armed only with bolos (machetes) and knives and only a few had guns.

Sulu sultanate claims 10 intruders killed in Lahad Datu

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Malaysian Insider

Shooting, deaths reported at Lahad Datu siege

UPDATED @ 12:57:17 PM 01-03-2013

By Boo Su-Lyn
March 01, 2013

Police Special Actions Unit members keep watch outside Kampung Tanduo near Lahad Datu, February 17, 2013. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 ― Malaysian security forces have exchanged gunfire with the armed Filipino rebel group occupying a village near Lahad Datu, leading to fatalities, the Philippine media reported today.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s website quoted a Sabah radio station reporter as saying that he heard heavy firing after 10 am today, but did not name the reporter.

The website also quoted some villagers as witnessing bodies being removed, adding that Malaysian authorities have declined comment at press time.
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A son of rebel group leader Agbimuddin Kiram reportedly said today that it was the Malaysian army, backed by the police, who opened fire.

Broadcaster Solar News Channel’s online news site also reported that both sides have suffered fatalities.

Agbimuddin’s family denied that Agbimuddin, who is the brother of self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamallul Kiram III, was arrested by the Malaysian authorities, according to Solar News.

Shooting, deaths reported at Lahad Datu siege

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Sundaily

Sounds of gunfire heard as security forces move in

Posted on 1 March 2013 – 01:17pm

KUALA LUMPUR (Mar 1, 2013): Unconfirmed reports said sounds of gunfire was heard at Felda Sahabat 17, Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, Sabah, the area where armed Filipino intruders are holed up, as Malaysian security forces are said to have advanced into the area.

The sounds of gunfire was heard after Malaysian security forces had entered the area in an attempt to detain the intruders after several rounds of negotiations had failed while the time frame for their stay had also expired.

There was however, no confirmation of the incident by the police or confirmation of who fired the shots. – Bernama

– See more at: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/625795#sthash.eGqmUMQC.dpuf

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Malaysian Insider

Cops move in on armed intruders in Lahad Datu

March 01, 2013

MANILA, March 1 — Malaysian police raided a village in the state of Sabah today, aiming to end a stand-off with a group of armed Filipinos who have been holed up there for more than two weeks, members of the group said.

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File photo of a special police force guarding the area where the armed Filipino men are holding off, in a plantation outside Lahad Datu. — Reuters pic

The group numbering at least 100 people are followers of the Sultanate of Sulu in the southern Philippines and have refused repeated requests from the Malaysian and Philippine governments to return home. They have demanded recognition as the “rightful” owners of Sabah.
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Manuel Roxas, a Philippine government official who has been designated a spokesman on the stand-off, said in a radio interview that the Philippine government was verifying reports of the fighting.

Ricky Carandang, the Philippines’ presidential spokesman, said some of the group had tried to breach a cordon setup by the Malaysian security forces this morning.

“There was a warning shot but there’s no report of casualty, that was what we got and confirmed by the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs),” he told Reuters.

Cops move in on armed intruders in Lahad Datu

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Malaysian Insider

Lahad Datu invaders say will ‘never surrender’

By Boo Su-Lyn
March 01, 2013

Jamallul has told his ‘royal army’ in Lahad Datu to hold their ground despite instructions from Aquino to leave Sabah. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — The armed Filipino rebel group that invaded Lahad Datu has declared that it will “never surrender” and are willing to die in Sabah, Philippine media reported yesterday.

Another online news portal also reported yesterday that the rebels fired some shots into the air last Wednesday to warn off the Malaysian security forces.

“The word surrender is something not good for us. We are not outlaws. We are not bad elements… we are law-abiding citizens,” Filipino rebel group leader Agbimuddin Kiram was reported as saying by the Manila Times online news site yesterday.   Agbimuddin, the brother of self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamallul Kiram III, said the group was prepared to fight to death if attacked by Malaysian authorities.

Lahad Datu invaders say will ‘never surrender’

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