Two Abu Sayaff Terorrists Killed In Sandakan

SHAH ALAM: Two Abu Sayaff terrorists were killed by police at Timbang island, some 6km from Sandakan town today. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the duo was part of an ASG cell believed to be planning to kidnap the owners of oil palm plantations on the island for ransom.The money from the ransom was supposed to be used for the group’s lair in Sulu, the Philippines.

Hazani was reported by Bernama as saying that the kidnapping for ransom attempt was foiled after one of the ASG cell leader, Sansibar Bencio, revealed during interrogation of the plan. Sansibar was arrested last May in Beaufort where five ASG terrorists were killed in another shoot-out with police.

Sabah Commissioner of Police Datuk Hazani Ghazali. PDRM

This is Hazani last press conference in Sandakan as he has been promoted as the Federal Internal Security and Public Order director at Bukit Aman.

Hazani at the press conference with a white board of the Abu Sayaff terrorists killed and arrested at Timbang Island. Bernama picture

The two suspected ASG terrorists were killed in a shoot out with a police team around 5am today. A semi-automatic Colt .45 pistol and a parang were recovered from the remains. Hazani said the shooting came a day after police arrested 11 Filipinos, also believed to be ASG members, during an operation on the island following Sansibar revelation of the kidnap for ransom plan.

The weapons seized by police in Beaufort, last May. two .45 semi-automatic pistols, live ammo and parangs. PDRM

The duo killed had fled into the oil palm plantation when they saw their colleagues detained by the police team which were supplemented by personnel from ESSCOM and the military.

Police personnel deployed to ESSCOM being inspected by Markas Angkatan Bersama Commander Lt Jen Datuk Fadzil Mokhtar in early October, 2016. Markas ATB photo.

Hazani said the police were on the on-look-out for a small number of ASG militants who had managed to slip into Sabah to work illegally.

— Malaysian Defence

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