5 Malaysian cops, 2 Sulu gunmen killed in fresh clash in Sabah


DIGOS CITY – Seven people – five Malaysian policemen and two Sulu gunmen – were killed in a fresh clash in Semporna in Tawau district in Sabah, the Malaysian media quoted Malaysian police as saying on Sunday.

Ismail Omar, Malaysian police inspector general, was quoted by Bernama news agency as saying that the new fatalities brought to 21 the total number of combatants killed since Putrajaya decided to take on forces of the so-called Sulu “royal army,” following three weeks of stand-off in Lahad Datu.

On Friday, 14 people, including two members of the Malaysian police’s elite VAT69 (commando unit), were also killed when Malaysian security forces stormed the encampment of the “Sulu intruders” on Felda Sahabat 17 in Tanduo town.

Ismail later told reporters during a noontime news conference aired by a shortwave station based in Tawau, whose broadcast was monitored here, that when reports came in that remnants or supporters of Agbimuddin Kiram had been sighted in Semporna, some 150 kilometers from Lahad Datu, Malaysian security forces were immediately deployed there on Saturday afternoon.

Bernama quoted Ismail as saying the 8 p.m. incident in Siminul village took place as Malaysian security forces were also verifying reports that some people in the village, where many Filipinos live, possessed firearms.

“The five ill-fated personnel were tasked to conduct ground assessment when fired upon as they approached a house in Kampung Simunul,” he said, adding that the policemen managed to fire back and had killed two of the gunmen.

“Two of the intruders were also killed and we are still after their companions,” Omar said.

Hamza Taib, Sabah police commissioner, said during an earlier news conference also broadcast by a Sabah shortwave station that some 40 policemen were sent to Semporna following reports that some armed men had been sighted there on Saturday.

He said the Semporna operation began around 4 p.m. and while police were heading for Siminul, a group of men numbering not more 10 fired on them.

Hamza said members of the Malaysian police were approaching a house in Siminul when they were fired upon by the unidentified men, using automatic rifles.

Ismail said some areas in Lahad Datu, Semporna and Kunal, were now being closely watched because armed men had been monitored there in the aftermath of the Lahad Datu clashes on Friday.

Ismail said in fact, armed men had already been sighted in two villages of Kunak as Agbimuddin’s forces tried to evade the manhunt staged by Malaysian security forces.

“Ten foreigners with three in camouflage uniforms and arms are currently hiding in one of the houses in Kunak,” he said.

As this developed, Ismail said three more “intruders” were arrested as they were sneaking out of Tanduo in Lahad Datu.

Hamza said the situation in Semporna remains under control despite the incident and that no further incidents had taken place after the ambush.

Earlier, reports had it that an explosion also rocked the Pulau Bum Bum police station in the town but Hamza said these were without basis.

“The police had encircled the village in hunt of the attackers,” the newspaper Borneo Insider quoted Hamza in a separate report.

Ismail said the Malaysian authorities had not restricted movements of people within Sabah despite the series of violence.

He said Sabahans had been advised to remain calm and refrain from believing unverified stories.

“Only statements from me should be taken as fact,” Ismail said.

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  • disqusted0fu

    Hello…. Mr. President and cronies! Are you with us? Are you hearing and seeing the same news we are experiencing? What happened to your big mouths that are ever ready to brag and criticize about unnecessary things? Where are you or at least your voices now that it’s really time to be heard?

  • Tun Mohd Firdaus

    tausuq..tausug…tausug….heard a lot about this race said by many philipines…. how many science, islamic, sosial research they contribute? how many of them are great islamic n science scholar? how many of them have win Olympic medal? how many of them are civil right fighter?how many of them have hold world title in any field? how many of them are creator or innovator that contribute in any modern world dev?  if none nothing are great about them…… what i read about them are great fighter, warrior, being held high by supporter because they fight greatly… but they truth are they had been left behind hundred years ago by the development of knowledge… and continue the life of jungle people…. what a sad story? my advise, go fight in your country to get a good education… only good education can free ur race…. can give u greater independent….

  • rmshnr

    this purpledaisy in acts of cowardice has begun to flag our comments in retaliation, to be inappropriate. I could not acknowledge any more blunt stupidity of these cowards, who doesnt want their dirty linen to be displayed in public, in asserting her non-logical claim in concocted existences of Sabah oil wells. So she found it more convenient to getting comments to be erased. Why dont she travel to Sabah (with a filipino passport) and meet me, the righful owner of the land ?

    I will show you some……   

    • rmshnr

      I asked her to “please detail out the locations of these 15 oil wells ? hurry-up and dont beat around the bush.”

      and purpledaisy said, “North Borneo (Sabah) has been known to be rich in oil ever since World War II with 37 oil wells somewhere around Seria.  Aside from oil, North Borneo (Sabah) is also rich in GOLD, and other valuable minerals along it’s rivers. You must be a fool to think I would share exact locations in North Borneo (Sabah) holding valuable resources and minerals.  Go beat your own bush rmshnr.”

      and i got her hands wet by blasting her,

      “Look at this idiot ! She says Sabah’s oil well are LOCATED somewhere around in Seria ! You are hilariously stupid, what a moron, not knowing in whose territory Seria lies. Seria is located in Kuala Belait district of Brunei Darussalam, which is more than 250kms+ out of Sabah’s border. Seria in Brunei would be anyway less than 50km to Sarawak’s border of Malaysia. Sultan of Brunei will have your head decapitated if you say Seria oil wells belongs to you Pinoys.PurpleDaisy13, you ought to study Geography harder ! You got to think harder you moronic Pinoy Tagalog Tausug race ! What a concoction Seria is having oil & gas, has to do with Sabah ! Shame on your parents who gave birth to an awfully stupid child !
      watch here, how idiotic this wannabee American, brown buttocks Pinoy knows about oil wells in Sabah….ahahhahaha hahaHAHAHAHAHHAHAH….ROTFL……They want to grab our oil wells not knowing where it is located in Sabah.I will tell you what, i will drain some used-up and dirty engine lubricant from my car and splash them on your face. It comes from Seria !and on top of that please lie down naked in Kampung Air at Kota Kinabalu, and we will show you where is our Sabah oil wells located.”

      • rmshnr

        @google-7ae06a723215d30af62dadeed842d721:disqus @google-d42122d5efd434c8768e6cce79e5c9a6:disqus @facebook-100000874597400:disqus watch for this silly fool around, the ‘puki-ungu’ / the purple-cibai. US Government will drop dead reading her retard comments.

  • Maracaibo

    The Judgement by one of the sitting Judge on the Ligitan & Sipadan dispute
    Judge Frank agrees with the judgement of the court and with its reasoning.  
    He adds, however that the Philippine application is also barred by a supervening legal principle the  
    right of non-self-governing people to exercise their right of self-determination.  
    This right has been confirmed by treaties, judgments of this Court and resolutions of the General Assembly.
    It is, quite simply, pre-eminent in modern international law.
    In the instance of North Borneo’s decolonization, Judge Franck believes,  
    this right was implemented in 1963 through elections observed by the representative of  
    the United Nations Secretary-General, who certified the FAIRNESS and CONCLUSIVENESS of the popular choice made by  
    the voters in favour of federation with Malaysia.  
    This was acted upon by the United Nations General Assembly’s Committee on Non-Self-Governing Territories.
    In Judge Franck’s view, the Court is bound to take judicial notice of the momentous international legal
    development brought about by the adoption and implementation of the right of self-determination.
    FULLY DEMONSTRABLE – cannot now be held to prevail over a validated exercise of so FUNDAMENTAL A RIGHT.  
    Since the claim is barred by law, the Philippines cannot possibly be said to have a legal interest in further ventilating it in this forum.
    (page 208)
    “The point of law is quite simple, but ultimately basic to the international rule of law.  
    It is this: historic title, no matter how persuasively claimed on the basis of old legal instruments and  
    exercises of authority, cannot – except in the most extraordinary circumstances – prevail in law over the  
    rights of non-self-governing people to claim independence and establish their sovereignty through the exercise of bona fide self-determination.”
    (page 652)

  • Buaya Darat

    only the indigenous peoples of sabah will decide their fate, its their ancestry land long before the sultanate of brunei gave north borneo as gift to the suluk people…no suluk sultans…no philippine will administer sabah…

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