13 bodies of Sulu gunmen found, says Malaysian defense chief


DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur—Malaysian Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Wednesday confirmed the recovery of the bodies of 13 “terrorists” following Tuesday’s air strikes and artillery against armed followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III holed up in an encampment in Lahad Datu in Sabah.

Speaking during a press conference aired by a Sabah-based radio station, whose broadcast was monitored here, Ahmad said the bodies were found in a hastily dug grave near Ground Zero in Tanduo by security forces conducting mopping up operations on Wednesday.

Ahmad said the Malaysian government believes that the fleeing members of the Sulu “royal army” had dug the grave in the aftermath of Tuesday’s offensive, which has since been renamed Ops Daulat (sovereignty) from Ops Sulu.

He said the remaining Sulu gunmen in Tanduo even harassed security forces trying to retrieve the bodies by firing shots at them, although nobody was harmed.

“This is a picture of a grave where the bodies were buried by the terrorists,” Ahmad said, while apparently showing a photo to reporters.

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  • bongarroyo

    Tagal namang makarating ng 10,000 ipinadala ni kiram dalawang araw ng nakalipas wala pa rin…samantalang 7-8 oras lang ang biyahe mula sa lugar nila papuntang sabah….

    Di kaya naligaw na mga iyon at sa espanya na napadpad…LOL

    • $42337655

       ser, ang nakakaalala niyan ay dumadami na sila pauntiunti sa Quiapo at Mandaluyong.
          magandang technique yan at mahirap lunasin kapag marami na.
              tingnan mo sila sa Sabah 800K na. Sa France milyun-milyon na at gustong ibahin na ang batas dun.
                      magugulo yan at ang laging solusyon ila ay karahasan.

  • Ronald Tan

    May report na yung mga bangkay ay galing sa napatay nung friday

    • Jon Snow

       uu,intack ang royal army walang nalagas,pero sa bombing kaninang 6am wala pang update..

  • Pork_Republik

    Now, that’s what we call “digging for evidence” literally.

    • Jon Snow

       agreed,ancestor (^^,)

  • Hey_Dudes

    Were they still relaxing when you found the stiffs Sir?

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    this malaysian ugly force out in sabah soon if united nation say get out you in sabah will crush your bones!

  • James

    Were they summarily executed or did they die in battle? Hmmmmm. Someone must investigate this report.

    • Jon Snow

       those men are civillian and few of those where dig from the graves just to show they hit some target,just take out the media black out so we can weight in which is true and not in the news

  • Sang Garudada

    those men are not dead…they were relaxing by the beach. hahahaha!

    • robert franklin

      or running sissy chased by fish in the ocean. LOL

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • robert franklin

    kiram and his pirates clan of terrorists must walk their talk… what happens to his do or die mission… are they turning coward now?

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