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LAHAD DATU: Police, armed forces beef up ops in Sabah's east coast
LAHAD DATU: The security situation in three areas where the security forces are holding off Filipino armed intruders is under control, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
"I have called the armed forces chief (Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin) to strengthen our position over incidents involving the armed intruders in three areas.
"We are in a state of readiness to take further action," he told a news conference at Felda Residence Sahabat, about 130 km from here.
Present were Zulkifeli, Bukit Aman internal security and public order director Datuk Salleh Mat Rashid and Sabah police commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib.
The areas are Lahad Datu, Semporna and Kunak.
Three armed intrudes were hauled up by the security forces in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu as they tried to leave the cordoned-off area, five policemen were shot dead in Kampung Seri Jaya Simunul, Semporna, and 10 armed intruders were sighted in Kampung Lumalong and Kampung Dasar Lama in Kunak.
Ismail asked the people not to believe rumours and unconfirmed reports on the situation or make assumptions based on postings on social media networks.
He said the police had not imposed a curfew in the areas and assured tourists of their safety.
Meanwhile, Zulkifeli said Lahad Datu, Semporna and Kunak residents should go about their daily activities as usual without worrying on their safety for the armed forces were working closely with the police to address the security situation there.
"The IPG and I are mapping out operations and we can handle this situation by enforcing tight security," he said.
Zulkifeli said two more battalions were deployed in several areas in the east coast of Sabah today in an effort to restore public confidence. - BERNAMA