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Shots reportedly fired in Sabah


MANILA, Philippines– Shots have reportedly been fired in Lahad Datu in Sabah on Sunday afternoon, which were believed to have come from the group of Raja Muda Azzumudie Kiram as a warning to supporters who might want to leave the area, the INQUIRER learned Monday.

The source, a senior Philippine diplomat, said the Malaysian security forces were believed not to have fired back.

Malaysian police have cordoned off Tanduo village where Azzumudie and some 180 of his followers, some 30 of them armed, have been holed up since arriving in Sabah last Feb. 12 in what they said was laying their historical right to the resource-rich land.

“The shots were probably meant for those who went with Raja Muda but now want to go home,” the INQUIRER source said.

The source also said the Malaysian government has given another 48-hour extension to the self-styled Sulu Royal Army to leave Lahad Datu.

The Philippine government asked for a four-day extension after the Friday deadline lapsed.

The Malaysian government instead extended the deadline to Sunday and on Monday gave another 48-hour extension that would lapse on Tuesday.

The source asked not to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The source said there were no casualties but the shots “startled the already edgy security forces.”

The standoff continues but it has been quiet in the village since Monday morning, the source added.

A humanitarian ship was dispatched from the Philippines Sunday night to pick up some 150 civilians, the unarmed persons in Azzumudie’s group, and bring them back to the Philippines as the second deadline by the Malaysian government for them to leave lapsed on Sunday night.

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Tags: Conflict , Foreign affairs , Global Nation , Sabah standoff , Sulu sultanate , Territory

  • botets

    Dapat nagparami muna sila kiram dun, in the near future dun sila nag declare ng self autonomy.
    Mas me laban pa sila at kung talagang marami na ang mga Tausug dun pede na sila mag declare ng civil war. Ngayun bomba lang ang katapat nila sa mga f16 ng Malaysia

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P4GAMKLWTOEY5N3JH2X3SZ26XA Dexter S

    Fellow Filipinos I ask several questions before bragging on making war (Tagalugin ko na baka mapagkamalan akong Malaysian).  Naniniwala pa ba kayo na isang Political Entity pa rin ang isang Sultanate?  Kung nakuha nga ang Sabah kikilalanin ba ni Kiram na Pilipinas ang may sakop nito?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

      Response… hindi na. babay na kayo Philippines… That’s why its useless for the Philippines to support Kiram’s Tausugs – militarily, financially, diplomatically. It’s useless…

      • http://www.facebook.com/randy.belino.5 Randy Belino

         maybe! but are you sure this will end like that? NO!!
        WAR in Mindanao will EXPLODE and even bomb blast in Philippines will be left and right and war against Royal Force vs Malaysia will be start from this!! and then the Royal Force of the Sultanate, MNLF, MILF and Abu Sayyaf will re-join in as one and the Phils. Gov’t will declared this GROUP as a TERRORIST and maybe joining forces with Al Qaeda and other Terrorist group are you happy NOW?

        where is the WIN-WIN Situation where?
        or the Philippine Gov’t support this act and bring this to UN to resolved this CONFLICT….!?!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      A.) Let’s all hope it doesn’t come to war.

      B.) I believe the basis of our claim is that the ownership of the sultanate was legally passed onto Manila.  Thus, whether or not the Sultanate is still a ‘political entity’ is irrelevant.

    • kanoy



  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Oooohhh Yeaaaaahhhh! Now go ahead ang pull that trigger. Make that sound from M16s and M203s. That’s the only sound that makes the politicians hear but not your voice, protests, and marches.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Go Kiram, Go Kiram, Go kiram……. BANG!!!!
    Ipadama mo sa mga walang kwenta na mga pulitiko ang Kirot ng bala!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Go Kiram, Iyotin mo ang mga pulitikong Pinoy at Malaysiano.
    Iyotin mo sila sa puwet!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • Ronald Diaz

    MILF and other muslim guerillas go to Sabah and help your muslim brother to protect our sovereignty.

  • robert franklin

    JKIII, you are doing injustice to the followers of kiram and his pirates clan holed up in sabah. kiram should throw away their guns and surrender to end his selfish act. let your followers return to tawi-tawi while they are still alive. they have fathers, mothers, wife and children anxiously praying for them to come home.

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