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Malaysian forces clash with Sulu gunmen anew; 1 dead

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DIGOS CITY – Another Sulu gunman was killed while three others were being hunted down following two brief clashes between Malaysian security forces and the armed Filipinos in Tanjung Batu Sunday.

In a report quoting an Army officer identified only as “General Zulkefli,” a Sabah radio station said security forces were conducting mopping up operations to clear the village of remaining “terrorists” when a small group of gunmen fired on them around 10 a.m.

The state-run Berita Nasional Malaysia (Bernama) on the other hand said the incident was reported by Lahad Datu Army Field Commander Lieutenant General Zulkiple Kassim during a news conference Sunday morning.

Zulkiple was quoted as saying that security forces “came into contact with the terrorists twice so far today, at 9:55 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., respectively.”

“In the 10:15 a.m. contact, we managed to kill one of the terrorists while three others escaped,” Bernama quoted the military commander as telling reporters in Felda Sahabat.

“The body of the dead terrorist will only be brought out when it is totally safe to do so,” Bernama further quoted Zulkiple as saying.

The latest casualty has brought the number of slain Sulu gunmen to 62 as per Zulkiple’s recollection.

The Malaysian security forces on the other hand had already suffered 10 deaths, since the assault on Agbimuddin Kiram’s group started on March 5.

The latest Malaysian casualty was an army soldier, who was killed during Tuesday’s clash with Sulu gunmen in Sungai Nyamuk.

There had been no casualty on the Malaysian Army side during Sunday morning’s firefight in Tanjung Batu, Zulkiple had reported.

Malaysian police chief Inspector General Hamza Taib had earlier told a news conference, which was reported on by the Bernama-operated Radio 24, that the mopping up operations had shifted to Tanjung Batu following the “clearing” of the other red zone areas of Tanduo and Sungai Nyamuk villages.

Hamza said the two villages were now “free of terrorists.”

But he said security forces would remain in the cleared areas to ensure that the Sulu gunmen could not re-enter them as the manhunt under Ops Daulan continues.

Despite declaring the areas “clear of terrorists,” Hamza said security forces were still not about to allow displaced villagers to return to their homes unless it was ascertained the fleeing gunmen had not left booby traps that could threaten their safety.

He said Malaysian security forces were also unsure about the whereabouts of the remaining gunmen but it was possible they were in the Tanjung Batu area.


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  • Jun Canada

    One Died
    and HOW MANY MALAYSIAN soldier died of Vehicular Accident again?

  • $23257130

    malaysians teroristas, magnanacaws. pppppppwwweeehhhh kadiri eeeeeeeeewwwwww

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Wrong title! It should be “Malaysia forces clash with the real owners of Sabah”!

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Flash!!! Tausug bow and arrow, downed a Malaysian jet fighter!

  • TEAM PNOY

    This looks like the men of the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah are winning the military game in Sabah. Imagine several battalions of soldiers fully equipped with hi-tech arms and weapons, artillery, mortars, tanks, APCs, F18s, attack helicopters against a RAG TAG army with small arms and bladed weapons. How much of Malaysian taxpayers’ money are being wasted? What will happen to Malaysia’s economy if this is going to take more than 45 years?

    When the Suluks and Tausugs were fighting the Philippine government, Malaysians called them their muslim BROTHERS. This time, these suluks and tausugs ARE called TERRORISTS. hahaha. What a double standard!

    Peninsular Malaysians go home. Go back to west Malaysia. Leave Sabah and Sarawak to the Borneans. Sooner or later, the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah is going to be victorious.

    Malaysian dogs and pigs please give your comments after this post.

    • Benjamin Ismail

      its ok thank you for caring about our expenses. we’re quite well of actually and we do not need hand me down secondhand asset to protect our own country. perhaps we can give u some assets that was used in Lahad datu as well after this. u probably need it more

      • TEAM PNOY

        When can we have the transfer my friend? Just make sure that when you claim that you can give us some assets, then you should do it. Otherwise, aside from being a thief, you could be a swindler as well my friend.

        By the way, before the Moro war in 1968, the Philippines was second to Japan in Asia when Malaysia was eating our dust. and BTW, are you happy here in our forum taking advantage of our freedom of speech and free press while you cannot enjoy in your country, my friend?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001909376092 KriZalid Loco

        So what are you today compare to malaysia today? You people love war and killing that’s why you always stay behind with other asean countrys.

      • TEAM PNOY

        You are confused my friend. Who says that we peace loving Filipinos love war?

        I will refresh your memory, your Malaysian government induced war in Mindanao in 1968 up to the present by training and arming the muslim rebels in the south. Your government lead the muslim Filipinos – tausugs and suluks to fight against fellow Filipinos leading to the deaths of thousands and thousands of Filipinos. The war in Mindanao partly lead the Philippines to underdevelopment.

        You and your government have blood in your hands.

        Now, the tausugs and suluks that your government trained and armed are now running against your government and will get Sabah for sure. You will have war in the next 45 years!

        When these muslim rebels fought the Philippine government, you call them brothers! Now, these rebels are fighting your government, and you call them TERRORISTS! Wow, you Malayshits are something!

        You reap what you sow my friend. War is going to Sabah. Happy hunting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosiah.muji Rosiah Muji

    like a cat playing with a dead rat for training?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G6MG4QQ3ND6UZSOBMLRHALZ7HI Petwil

    This is now the beginning of a guerilla war which the Malaysian military is unlikely trained to fight. The Malaysians have a lot of headaches to come…

  • Filpino

    Malaysian Army vs ragtag 200 less royal army of sulu, and then one month later the army of malaysia did not know how to defeat them hehehe



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