14 dead, three injured in Lahad Datu shootout
Soldiers arriving at Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu.
Soldiers arriving at Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu.

LAHAD DATU: A dozen followers of the Sulu Sultan and two Malaysian police commandos were killed in a 20-minute shootout at Kampung Tanduo here this morning.

Three other members of the Malaysian security forces were injured.

Sabah police chief Datuk Hamza Taib said the shootout started at about 10am .

The 12 intruders came across a police patrol about 10am at Felda Sahabat 17, Kampung Tanduo, and started shooting, killing two police commandos and injuring three others.

In the ensuing 20-minute shootout, all the armed foreigners were killed, said the police.

The stand-off between the security forces and the rebel group continued and the cordon remained intact, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib told a press conference this evening.

The stand-off is being maintained because Malaysia wants the occupation to be resolved peacefully.

Recalling the incident, Hamza said the foreigners first opened fire at the Malaysian security forces before the police commandos were forced to retaliate in self-defence, followed by a gunbattle, said Hamza.

He said the police found various weapons, including the high-powered M-16 rifles, pistols and SLR rifles, bullets and bags of clothes from the small group who were part of 180 followers of the Sultan of Sulu who were holed up at Kampung Tanduo.

He said the police had blockaded Kampung Tanduo which was still occupied by members of the group, with security tightened around the area.

“As the police control all routes, it is difficult for the intruders to enter or leave the village area.”

Hamza also denied reports put up in social networks and a foreign news agency that the intruders had given themselves up and escaped by sea.

On this note, he said the police did not issue any curfew order in Lahad Datu, following the incident, adding that the situation in Kampung Tanduo was currently under control and calm. – Bernama

 


 
6 Comments
  • subul_maas

    where did u get ur report????….

    our fellow friends in lahad datu giving us information,
    that 69 of malaysian soldiers are killed and some injured in hospital now.. why is ur report only 2??…tsk3x..

    they live near the place where the figthing rise. they also told us that
    the hospital of lahad datu is asking for blood donor.

    please dont give the rakyat wrong info..

    02 Mar 2013 11:03 am
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  • ah cai

    69 is the name of the platoon of the commandos being killed. Not 69 people dead.
    get ur facts rite before posting a comment
    Please dont confuse the rakyat with wrong info

    02 Mar 2013 03:03 pm
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  • benito

    Subul_maas…

    Please read update artical carefuly….stupid idiot

    03 Mar 2013 06:03 pm
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  • Naem

    Subul_maas .. such an idiot.

    its VAT SIXTY NINE (69) OR DO I NEED TO CHANGE THE FONT JUST A LITTLE BIT BIGGER FOR YOU TO SEE . WRONG INFO? YOU ARE THE ONE GIVING OUT WRONG INFO

    04 Mar 2013 08:03 am
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  • Not that idiot

    What’s wrong with you guys..you acting you know more than our security forces. You acting like you have been in the battle more than them. The actual fact is..you guys talk cock to much…Let them do their jobs….why you need to come out with lots of speculations…damn you so called Malaysian…

    14 Mar 2013 03:03 pm
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  • I love BN but I Support PKR

    Malaysian Hero! Pray for you all!

    15 Mar 2013 07:03 am
    Reply
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