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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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