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Malaysian forces conduct mopping up operations in Lahad Datu – report

By: - NewsLab Lead / @MSantosINQ
/ 01:11 PM March 05, 2013

FILIPINO FATALITY Villagers in Kampung Simunul in Semporna look at the body of a man believed to be from Sulu who was killed during a shootout with Malaysian forces. MALAYSIA’S THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MANILA, Philippines – Malaysian security forces were conducting mopping up operations in a village in Lahad Datu after they had reportedly defeated the members of the “Royal army” of Sulu Tuesday noon.

”Our personnel are carrying out mopping up operations and conducting house-to-house checks. We cannot ascertain casualties among the enemy’s side for now,” Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Omar Ismail told Malaysian media.

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The offensive by Malaysian authorities included a combined force of police and military forces as well as airstrikes and artillery fire, Malaysia’s The Star reported.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak authorized the all out offensive that began 7 a.m. in order to flush out the group from Sulu which has been encamped in Tanduao village for the past three weeks in order to reclaim Sabah.

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No casualties were reported from the side of the Malaysian forces.

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