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The heirs of the Sultan of Sulu: (seated from left) Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, Sultan Bantilan Esmail Kiram II and (standing from left) Datu Alianapia Kiram, Datu Phugdal Kiram and Datu Baduruddin Kiram. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

LAHAD DATU, Sabah, Malaysia—Malaysian authorities said Wednesday Sulu “royal army” leader Agbimuddin Kiram remained in the “area of operation” here in Lahad Datu, practically confirming that the brother of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III was still alive.

“Malaysian security forces are highly confident he is still here because as a leader (he) must not run. He will not run and leave his people by themselves here. He must lead them,” Sabah State Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Hamza said those killed and captured in target areas in the week-long assault on followers of the Sultanate of Sulu were considered “terrorists.”

“I cannot positively say if they are foreigners. To me they are terrorists because they are within the target area,” Hamza said when asked about the identity of the teenager who was shot dead in a village in Felda Sahabat over the weekend.

Hamza said these people’s lack of documents prevented the authorities from establishing their identities and nationalities.

He said operations were continuing in Kampung Tanduo although security forces have already cleared the area of Agbimuddin’s men.

The clearing operations have expanded to Sungai Nyamuk, Kampung Tanjung Batu, and Sungai Bilis where security forces were to be sent to retrieve the bodies of the Sulu armed men for forensic post-mortem examination.

These villages are within the Felda Sahabat estate, the largest palm oil plantation in Malaysia covering more than 100,000 hectares.

Hamza said that the residents of Tanduo, however, could not yet return to their homes because the authorities still had to verify whether “they are Malaysians or foreigners and if the land they had occupied was private or whether it belonged to the government.”

“If they have no rights to that land, we may not allow them (to return),” Hamza said.

Agbimuddin Kiram, who carries the title of “rajah mudah” or crown prince, along with more than 200 members of the sultanate’s so-called “royal army”, arrived in the village of Tanduo a month ago to reclaim Sabah, surprising both Philippine  and Malaysian authorities who had placed issue of the Philippine claim to Sabah on the backburner.

Malaysia has alternately called Agbimuddin and his men “terrorists,” “insurgents,” and “militants.”

Hamza also clarified that only two Filipinos, not three as earlier reported, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sungai Nyamuk on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, Hamza said, 56 followers of the Sultanate have been killed while 25 bodies have been retrieved.

Nine Malaysian security forces have been killed while nine others have been injured.

Ninety-six people are detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 of Malaysia and 156 others under other acts, he said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HKSURYBGXQZXMUNFUZOMS2M3UU alfred

    Mabuhay ka Kiram tunay kang bayani ng mga PINOY, Liban sa mga PENOY

  • Hey_Dudes

    Find him then get rid of him. That is the only way to avoid further disruptions from this individual be it Sabah or Philippines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sang.garudada Sang Garudada

    all of them will be killed

  • ApoLapullapu

    It is not clear whether those killed were armed. The Malaysian report did not mention any firearm retrieved from those they killed. It is possible that they are killing civilians and refugee accounts are true.

  • koliwong

    The SATAN OF KIRAM Mindset

    1. Only Adgimudin can talk act directly [ hoping that any reimbursement by Malaysian authority will be keep secretly within THE SATAN and the young SATAN...that's to ensure that he got unknown source to become next SATAN OF PHILIPINE ]

    2. Let all them die to allowed their spirit of war flow to the children so the pirate decendent can be continue by word of ISLAM

    3. Let them kill all MUSLIM of Malaysia as a JIHAD AGAIN MALAYSIAN ISLAM

    4. Let them die since he himself also gonna die later due to kidney failure…

    5. Let them fight so more evacuee will return to filipina return to Mindanao and spreading rumours in order to pressurise the Philippine government to have war with Malaysian government while he and his people laugh…

    6. Let them fight to create election impact result on P-NOY in order for arroyo to return in power.

    7. Let them fight to death to show the world in respect of TAUSUG SULU…

    8. Let them fight to the so they could impress world leader on their claim

    The Philippines Government, MNLF and MILF should take action on the SATAN Stupidity because..

    1. Its risking the Philippines diplomatic relationship in ASEAN by eyeing the Philippine government endorse the incursion by not arresting the SATAN

    2. Its risking the Mindanao investment Strategies which wooing ASEAN and OIC investor by name of ISLAM to develop Mindanao by eyeeing if this problem itself could not resolve by MILF,MNLF and Philippines Government…What is the risk impact if this SATAN turn back his fight to Philippines government then ?

    3. Its risking imported material from Sabah domestic price…which might increase the Inflation rate on Mindanao which is not only provide increment of poverty level but also increment of inconsistency of Autonomy Management.

    4. Increment of evacuee providing impact on social community which might increase criminal activity

    5. Providing impact on return fund from Sabah which so long helping the government to increase inhouse consumer rate…

    6. Return investment by wellness filipino in Sabah might be impacted up to 90% due to SEA ROUTE RESTRICTION within Mindanao and Sabah…

    By the Way…as far as i can see…Its only the SATAN will be happy at last but the people of Mindanao is the most affected…

    For me its very important for the Intelect of Mindanao to wake up their concern on long term impact due to the greediness of the SATAN to the Philippines government, MILF and MNLF..

  • valsore

    They all have rights to Sabah because Malaysia is just renting Sabah from them.

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