Sabah police claim success vs Filipino ‘intruders’


DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur – The chief of the Malaysian police declared Tuesday that the anti-intrusion operation codenamed “Ops Sulu” was successful following heavy bombardment by Malaysian aircraft and artillery of the encampment of the so-called “royal army” of the sultanate of Sulu in Lahad Datu.

There have been no new Malaysian casualties, Inspector General Ismail Omar said at a news conference in Lahad Datu that was aired live by several Sabah radio stations, whose broadcasts were monitored here.

Tuesday’s attack by Malaysian security forces on the encampment of the followers of the Sulu sultanate’s  “royal army” was described by the Malaysian media as a large-scale military action, with sophisticated military airpower backing seven battalions of soldiers and an unspecified number of policemen, including those from the elite commando unit, VAT69.

Omar said while the Malaysian side has not suffered additional casualties after a series of clashes that left eight policemen dead last week, a still undetermined number of people on  “the intruders’ side” had either been killed or wounded by bombs dropped by Malaysian jetfighters or artillery rounds fired by ground troops starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Omar said ground troops conducting mopping up operations following the early morning air and artillery strikes also clashed with the Sulu gunmen.

“There is an exchange of fire. We could not confirm the number of deaths and injury on the intruders’ side but I am glad to say that there are no casualties on our side,” he told reporters during an earlier news conference, also aired live by Sabah radio stations.

Other reports by Sabah radio stations, whose broadcast were monitored here, said the followers of Agbimuddin Kiram had been flushed out of Tanduo but it was not clear “where their leader is at this hour.”

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  • PurpleDaisy13

    The Philippines government HAS Dominion and Sovereignty over North Borneo (Sabah) as specified under the Philippines Republic Act of 5446 of 1968 which states the following under section 2:

    “Section 2. The definition of the baselines of the territorial sea of the Philippine Archipelago as provided in this Act is without prejudice to the delineation of the baselines of the territorial sea around the territory of Sabah, situated in North Borneo, over which the Republic of the Philippines has acquired dominion and sovereignty.

    Also, in 2011 Supreme Court decision (GR No. 187167) rules on the Republic of the Philippine’s retention and continued Dominion and Sovereignty over North Borneo (Sabah) as stated:

    “Section 2 of RA 5446, which RA 9522 did not repeal, keeps open the door for drawing the baselines of Sabah”

    Malaysian Forces: 80,000 [2012]

    Philippines Military: 120,000 [2011]

    Tausug Population in Philippines: 953,000
    Tausug Population in Malaysia: 300,000
    Total Tausug Population: 1,253,000

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  • Hey_Dudes

    Clearly, there’s two sides to this story.  One group who decided on their own to invade one’s country – the other, a group mandated by their constitution to defend their country.  Who do you think will win in the end King Kiram?

  • Jude Fawley

    Malaysian elite ground forces will have to conduct a surgical assault against these seemingly combat experienced group who landed in Sabah. Air bombardment won’t be successful. The problem here is that Malaysian commandos are not very experienced in surgical operations. They are not used to battle. This is a big test to the Malaysian ground forces. The Scout Rangers of the Philippine Army are the most experienced surgical assault team in the country and yet they cannot eliminate these muslim group. Malaysian ground forces will have a big job ahead of them

    • Jon Snow

      Man,Philippine armed force did not eradicate this group intentionaly.. just like those other arm struggle in philippines..but the reason why is it there not ending it just ask somebody why (^^,)

    • Jon Snow

      Its not they cannot eliminate this people man but for every single rebel you take down 10 of this family grave for revenge generations by generations this are theyre origin..we did not solve the mindanao conflict in arms and weapons but understanding theyre existence and put into aggreement..back in assault tactical land assault vs. guerilla warfare your army can pin it down head to head by your good quality weaponry just be careful by theyre guerilla tactics theyre just lng ninjas just pop up then your head is gone..and consider those land mines and traps there but i know malaysian army knew it they just have to experience it..

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  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    with malaysian support, the philippines were never succesful in stopping mnlf/milf etc.

    now they are in malaysia. they need no philippine support. they are in sabah. they are home.

    what makes you malasians think you will be succesful?

    • Jon Snow

      Yes malaysia is the one funding those MNLF and MILF but to think philippines where not succesful in stopping them im not sure about it phillippines army choose not to eliminate them and the reason why? just dig more and youll find out (^^,)

      • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

        a lot of soldiers will lose their jobs if the issue will be finished.

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