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Leader of Malaysia incursion has fled–reports


KUALA LUMPUR – The leader of a band of Filipino militants whose incursion in Malaysia has left scores dead has reportedly fled even as his own family insist he is still in the country.

More than 200 followers of a self-proclaimed Filipino sultan entered Sabah on Borneo island a month ago to resurrect long-dormant land claims by Jamalul Kiram III.

Malaysian forces launched a military assault on March 5 against the group, sending them fleeing from a farming village where they had been holed up.

Armed Forces chief Zulkifeli Zin said intelligence reports showed that Agbimuddin Kiram, whose family says is the crown prince of the Sulu sultanate, had managed to evade security forces and slip out of Malaysia.

“(He) has abandoned his men and fled to his homeland,” Zulkifeli was quoted by local media as saying late Friday.

But his family has denied the man, the younger brother of the self-styled sultan, had left Malaysia.

When asked about the armed forces chief’s comments, the clan’s Manila spokesman Abraham Idjirani told AFP: “That’s not true.”

The New Straits Times reported that Kiram is believed to have slipped out of the farming area, surrounded by Malaysian security forces, by blending in with the local population before the military attack earlier this month.

According to the latest police figures, 61 suspected militants have been killed in Malaysia’s biggest security crisis in years. Eight police officers and a soldier have also died.

Authorities have arrested more than 100 people on suspicion of having links to the militants.

The Philippines navy said on Wednesday it had detained 35 suspected Filipino militants as they tried to sail home. The group reportedly did not include Kiram.

A total of 800,000 Filipinos live in Sabah, making up about a quarter of the population of the state, which is just a short boat ride from the southern Philippines.

The crisis has embarrassed the Philippines and Malaysia, shining the spotlight on the latter’s porous shoreline and locals’ complaints of rampant illegal immigration and lawlessness.


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Tags: Abraham Idjirani , Agbimuddin Kiram , Jamalul Kiram III , Malaysia , Philippines , Sabah

  • Natx Bacalzo

    True or not it is a slap on the face of malaysia’s manical security forces who cannot capture or even kill the 72-year old Raja Muda despite massive forces thrown against them. There is no shame in retreating to fight another day. But then who would believe news reports coming from the malaysian authorities, certainly not them!

    • Popskief

      Shame. Shame, Shame. Its okay to retreat but make sure to bring your men with you. Any present day commander will always look after the safety of his men.

      No one should be left behind. Not in the middle or before a fight.

      Shame, Shame, Shame, if it is true for the Tausog tribe he represent?.

      • Fragrant Gimp

        I thought they prefer to die rather than retreat? What about honors above life?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000463788427 Hans Hans

        that old coward only “honor” his life. his followers’ life and Tausug warrior spirit are expendable.

      • kanoy

        WHO TOOK A PHOTO OF HIM THERE? NO ONE
        THE ONLY ”CONTACT” WITH HIM WAS CELL PHONE AND EVEN THAT WAS ”REPORTED” SO WHAT MALAYSIAN CAN CONFIRM HE WAS ACTUALLY THERE,,,,EVER? ANYBODY TALK TO HIM FACE TO FACE?

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

      full of shame really, considering the war cry they made when Malaysia was still nice and opted to negotiate peacefully until these people used dirty tactics to kill our policeman. There is no honor in these people. They are criminals. The reason why filipinos view them as fearsome warriors is because they failed for decades to kill these man. They failed to subdue them. We successfully subdued them.

      The war rages on. Lets see what other cowardly tactics these terrorist and filipinos will use.

      • kanoy

        THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE RP WHO HAS TRIED TO MAKE PEACE WITH NOT 1 NOT 2 NOT 3 NOT 4 BUT 5 TERRORISTS GROUPS THAT HAVE KICK THEIR AZZ SO BAD FOR 68 YEARS THEY BEG THEM TO TAKE HALF THE COUNTRY AS LONG AS THEY DON’T KILL BOMB KIDNAP EXTORT ANY MORE FROM THEM AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY THEY DID ALL THAT TO THE RP WHO HAD THE US MILITARY HELP
        SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP
        YOU NEVER NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS ONLY THE RP DOES THAT,,,THEY DID THE SAME IN IRAQ

    • antonioiban

      ok.. hes buried with the rest of the dead

      • kanoy

        NO….HE JUST SMELLS THAT WAY!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7KLOJ3QMIC27UPZRVEVZDXRGA iym

      FULL OF SHAME in my book when you declared you will make your last stand and act all tough but running like chicken when the odds not in your favour.

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

    So much for the warnings from filipinos saying these people are fearsome warriors who will not retreat and will fight till death, honor above life. what this proves is when the heat is on they run like a beetch with their tail between their legs leaving their own men. true leadership right there.

    Should Malaysia declares war with the Philippines…Malaysia could take control within the first month. faggots…faggots everywhere. filipino pride they say….hahahaha!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AHDPMS4BJI3JWYICWYMBSPVTRU Jay

      try to declare then you will face the nightmare that malaysia has never been experienced. filipinos patience is too long… but don’t try to abuse, otherwise you will see who are you looking for. i could even face you hand by hand or kris by kris… don’t be arrogant gay!

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

        full of empty words…filipino pride right there

      • tadokapurpledaisy

        o tapang mo a.

    • Jamaliah Mctøraasen

      Malaysia will not declares war with Philippines lol. They are on the same side of the table. But I think Malaysia will work together with Philiphines to erase this Sulu militant from the face of the earth soon. They will call it ” WAR AGAIN TERORIST” and USA and UN will help them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YO4QYV7TG6VV5TSKPZXNKQHKUE Brando

    In guerilla warfare there is a saying: Attack today and withdraw for there are more battles to come.

    Watch out!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7KLOJ3QMIC27UPZRVEVZDXRGA iym

      guerilla warfare also said : dont make tough statement and RUN afterwards !!

      • Jun Canada

        Malaysian warfare.
        Soldier go to war and die in vehicular accident not bullet
        Soldier kill unarmed civilian not combatant

      • antinutcase

        Jun Canada cyber warfare.
        Strategy No 1 – post something incoherent even if it is meaningless to the topic.
        Strategy No 2 – please see Strategy No 1

        Lol

  • nazrul zainal

    where is the old man? why he run away…you already old to be in war …go back and play with your grandson poor kiram

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000463788427 Hans Hans

      perhaps he already leave the battlefield before the fight started.

  • victor1052

    Coward. Kiram might have already fled even before the fighting begun. The much-advertised (especially by tulfo) bravery of the tausogs is a myth. Treachery is more like it. The “royal army”, like the MNLF, is using the fight- ask for ceasefire when losing-regroup when granted ceasefire-fight again tactics so effective against the stupid philippine government does not work with the malaysians who are determined to wipe them out. Seems like this stupidity will continue until a really qualified person is chosen president.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000463788427 Hans Hans

      agreed. next time when they dare to bare their fangs, Philippines should not stop. smash them without mercy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000463788427 Hans Hans

    COWARD!



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