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Here is the timeline for March 10 - Day 6 -, as our security forces step up operations in Lahad Datu to deal with the terrorists.

3.02pm: Police detained six men during a raid in Kampung Bangau-Bangau in Semporna conducted under Ops Daulat at 6am today.

10.29pm:  Malaysian Islamic Welfare And Sermon Organisation (PEKIDA) Sabah branch chairman Datu Mohd Akjan Ali Muhammad urged its leaders and members, particularly those in Lahad Datu, to refrain from providing any form of assistance to the intruders from Sulu.

 

9.13pm: Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar confirmed a teenager was killed in Day 6 of Ops Daulat in the “red zone” area of Felda Sahabat at 10am  when security forces reacted to movements in the bushes and opened fire while they were frisking a group who were nabbed in the area. A man in his 30s, who was with the teenager, was injured.

6.38pm: Felda Sahabat's daily operations are unaffected in Lahad Datu, Sabah despite being declared a security control area, following the recent intrusion by terrorists from southern Philippines.

6.21pm:  The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has been given the green light to set up a control post in Felda Sahabat, about 130km from here.

5.19pm: - The Philippine government has stepped up patrol in waters of Sulu Islands to face any eventuality following the intrusion by armed Sulu militants in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

5pm: Around 1,000 Philippine refugees in Sandakan have packed up and fled en masse for Sulu since Saturday to escape the constant operation carried out by the security forces.

4.18pm:  VAT 69 commando, Mohamad Qaiyum Aikal Zolkipli, who was injured in the on-going Lahad Datu standoff against Sulu intruders, arrived safely at the Police Air Unit here today.

3.46pm:  The Filipino intruders should be tried accordingto the Malaysian laws for brutally and inhumanely killing eight policemen, saidDefence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

2.27pm: The two injured policemen from yesterday's attack in Kg Tanjung Batu in Lahad Datu, recovering in Sandakan Hospital.

1.57pm: The two Vat 69 commandos, who were injured in the Lahad Datu stand-off and admitted to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here in Ipoh, would be transferred to the Lumut Armed Forces Hospital tomorrow.

11.16am: Two policemen from the General Operations Force were injured after they were fired upon by the Sulu terrorists during an operation in Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Tanjung Batu yesterday.

 

9.16am:  Police hauled up 33 foreigners including 4 women believed to be collaborators in a morning operation at Kampung Pinggir Bakau in Semporna. 

10.20pm: A medical and health team from the Lahad Datu health centre has been mobilised and dispatched to the three evacuation centres where residents of Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu have been temporarily relocated in the wake of the offensive by security forces to flush out armed militants who had intruded into the area.

10.00pm: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will construct a sentry post in Felda Sahabat to curb illegal intrusion and piracy in the waters near the land scheme.

9.56pm: Security forces have advanced into new areas as they close in on militants hiding in Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Tanjung Batu.

6.01pm: The security forces intercepted 27 men in three boats at the waters off Kampung Tanduo and Tanjung Batu here today.  Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar the suspects were detained by security forces at about 10am.  "The suspects are now in police custody at the Lahad Datu district police headquarters.

5.52pm: IGP said post mortem could not be performed on the 53 suspected terrorist who were shot dead during the Ops Daulat mopping up exercise since Monday as the bodies could not be retrieved due to security reasons. He said the bodies were located too close to the enemy’s location and the forensic team could not go in for fear of being shot. He said the normal procedure of identification and post mortem could only be carried out once the operation is completed. To date, the team only managed to capture photographs of the dead including those shot dead yesterday and this morning. 

5.30pm: PM said no political party in any country should exploit national security issues for their own political gain.

5.09pm: Seaweed cultivation activities off Bum Bum Island in Sabah, have not been affected by the Sulu militant intrusion and shootout on March 2 at Kampung Simunul here.

5.04pm: Putera 1Malaysia Club on a humanitarian aid mission to distribute aid to over 4,500 villagers in Lahad Datu and Semporna.

4.38pm:Wanita Umno will 'adopt' the children of the police personnel who died during the conflict with the Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu and Semporna.

1.24pm:Panic buying should stop in Lahad Datu and Semporna as the supply of essential items and fuel is more than enough, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister

12.48pm: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today urged the people to support the government in the defence of the nation so as to avert incidents such as the Sulu militant intrusion in Sabah.     

12.00pm:  In the latest press conference, Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar and Armed Forces Chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said that 79 suspects have been detained till today; and 53 militants have been shot dead. 

7.30am:  Except for the sound of explosions at 1 am and 7.30 am, the Lahad Datu area was calm as the 'Ops Daulat' offensive to flush out armed Sulu intruders entered its fifth day today.  No clashes were reported between the security forces and the militants, who had holed up in Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Tanjung Batu, 130km from here, since Feb12.    

People were going about their daily activities as usual in this town and Semporna, about 150km from here.    

The explosions occurred in the red zone area of "Ops Daulat" in Sahabat 16 Felda plantation, prompting Felda settler Norashikin Sarbani, 33, to say that he was worried for a moment but realised that the gunfire could have come from the security forces engaged in the mopping-up and search operation. 

Helicopters were also heard hovering above Felda Sahabat plantation.  

Fifty-two Sulu militants have been killed in the offensive, which was launched on Tuesday after the intruders killed eight policemen, two in Kampung Tanduo and six in Kampung Simunul, Semporna, on March 1 and 2 respectively.  

Felda settler Mujhi Bakrun, 39, expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for having launched the offensive to flush out the militants.   

 Meanwhile, 1Malaysia Putera Club president Datuk Abd Azeez Abd Rahim is expected to arrive at the Felda Sahabat plantation to distribute humanitarian aid to almost 2,000 people relocated from the operations zone.  -- Bernama


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