SHAH ALAM: Five Abu Sayaff terrorists from the Philippines were killed by police, in Beaufort, Sabah, yesterday morning. Sabah police commissioner CP Hazani Ghazali, announced today that one of those killed were a sub-leader who was wanted in the Philippines.
The shooting occurred at 11.27am on May 17, near a squatter colony in a swampy area near Taman Sri Arjuna, Beaufort. Hazani was quoted by Bernama as saying that the sub-leader was identified as Mabar Binda. Two .45 caliber semi-automatic pistols and 20 rounds of ammo were recovered as well as three parangs.
The men were killed when they fired shots and rushed at the police raiding team said Hazani. He confirmed that the men had escaped the police when they arrested 37 Filipinos – 8 eight male adults, eight female adults and 21 children – from the same squatter colony at the location on May 8.
It is interesting to note that the location of the arrests and shooting is in the southern part of western Sabah, some distance away from the eastern coast where most of intrusions had happened. It is still likely that the Filipinos had been smuggled from other parts of Sabah. Beaufort is about an hour drive away from Kuala Penyu, the main ferry site connecting Sabah and Labuan island.
Hazani said Mabar was the brother of one of two of the eight males arrested on May 8 identified as members Abu Sayaff terror group and also wanted in the Philippines. The two are experienced fighters as they had been involved in firefights since 2017.
Hazani said the group are believed to have been at the location since November, last year. Meanwhile, Bernama also reported today that ESSCOM wants more personnel in its AOR including VAT69 and UTK operators to ensure the security situation in the areas. Its commander said a proposal was put forward to the government to have an extra PGA battalion in Lahad Datu and a troop of VAT69 and UTK operators, each in Sandakan and Semporna.
The additional unit in Lahad Datu will allow for the creation of two brigades of the PGA in Sabah – one in Kota Kinabalu and the other in Lahad Datu – each with three battalion.
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