Saturday, March 2, 2013
SABAH STANDOFF, invaders from the Philippines shoot dead!
At least 14 people have reportedly been killed, after Malaysian police ended a standoff with nearly 200 members of a Filipino Muslim group.
Malaysia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry says police launched an assault on a coastal village in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah early on Friday morning.
The village of Lahad Datu had been occupied by a group led by Agbimuddin Kiram, a brother of the head of a Filipino Muslim royal clan. The group from the southern Philippines landed in the coastal village on February 9th, claiming the territory as their own.
They cited documents from the late 1800s to back up their claim. The owner of the house where Kiram stayed was killed, and the Filipino group was reportedly chased towards the sea.
Najib: All-out action will now be taken against the intruders
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he was saddened by the deaths in the shootout at Tanduo village in Lahad Datu, because there had been bloodshed despite the Government's attempts to prevent it.
Expressing his sadness over the deaths of two police commandos who were killed and the three who were injured, the Prime Minister said the group of Sulu gunmen had opened fire at the security forces.
He said that with the deadline for them to leave now over, all-out action would be taken against the intruders, who had caused the deaths of the policemen.
“I have given the full mandate to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and Armed Forces Chief Tan Sri Zulkefli Mohd Zin to take whatever action is deemed necessary,” he told a press conference.
“They have been given full powers. It is up to them and the ground commanders can take action.
“There will be no compromise; either they surrender or face the consequences.”
Najib said security had been strengthened and the intruders totally surrounded, adding that vessels of the Royal Malaysian Navy were patrolling the sea to prevent them from escaping.
“What is important now is that whatever means must be used to cripple the group,” he added.
Najib said he had received reports that 12 people from the armed group were also killed in the exchange of fire.
Source: Asia News Network