UPDATE ON LAHAD DATU: Explosions heard at Kampung Sinakut

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LAHAD DATU; Security forces have launched an attack on the intruders in Kampung Tanduo, Felda Sahabat here this morning.

 

7.00pm: Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman expresses the nation's appreciation towards the stance given by the Philippine government in calling upon the Sulu gunmen to surrender. He conveyed the country's appreciation to Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Senator Albert F. Del Rosario during their meeting yesterday night on the developments of Lahad Datu and Semporna, Sabah.
 
5.23pm: Universiti Sains Malaysia has expressed its condolences to the family members of Superintendent Ibrahim Lebar, one of six fallen heroes on the Sabah east coast stand-off who died defending the country on Monday. Its vice-chancellor Datuk Omar Osman today said USM was saddened by the passing of Ibrahim, who graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 1998. "We are proud with the fighting spirit from Ibrahim and his fallen comrades who sacrificed themselves to protect our country from intruders. "Their heroic act has set an exemplary example for other Malaysians to follow," Omar said in a press statement today.
4.51pm: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called on all Malaysians to continue giving their strong and solid support to the national warriors in the operation to end the intrusion by terrorists in Sabah.
"Let's pray for the success of the people (warriors) fighting in Lahad Datu and Semporna," he said in his Facebook, here today.
 
4.26pm: Fresh rounds of explosions heard at Kampung Sinakut, 6km from Kampung Tanduo.

4.00pm: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said he has instructed his commandos on ground to take extra precaution as operation was ongoing. He believed the remaining Sulu soldiers were still in- and around the operation area, adding that it was unknown whether some managed to escape to other nearby villages such as Tanjung Batu. "The movement of the operations is being done with great caution, taking the terrain into account," said Ismail, during a press briefing at 4pm. He denied allegations that Malaysian troops were killed in the 7am strike.

3.40pm: Mopping out and search operation for Filipino intruders at Kampung Tanduo being carried out in phases to ensure the safety of Malaysian security forces

3.00pm: The entrance to the emergency ward of Lahad Datu Hospital is quiet, compared to the scene last Friday -- and also during the weekend -- when emergency vehicles and personnel were kept busy with casualties and the injured.

2.12pm: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein confirmed none of the Malaysian security forces were injured in this morning's operation

2.10pm: Defence Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi confirms security forces utilise 3 F/A-18D fighter bombers and 5 Hawk 208 fighter jets in this morning's operation in a joint Press conference with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein today

1.30pm: Sarawak police are sending reinforcement of 500 men, made out from its 10th Battalion in Sibu, 11th Battalion in  Kuching and 12th Battalion in  Miri, to Sabah today, Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah said.

1.20pm: In Gopeng, Semporna member of parliament Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has condemned acts of burning the Malaysian flags and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's photographs at the Malaysian Embassy in Manila.

12.45pm: The Malaysian embassy in the Philippines has suspended its operations from today as several groups protested in front of the building in Makati

12.30pm: Minister in the Prime Minister's  Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said Malaysia is not at war with the Philippines government as the intruders are not recognised by the Philippine government. He said If they are detained,  they will face criminal charges including for murder.

11.10am: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the attack on the intruders is on-going and there is an exchange of fire between security forces and the culprits. However, as of now, no casualties were reported on the Malaysian side.

10.00am: Six vessels, two each from the Navy, marine police and Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency were earlier seen leaving the marine police jetty

9.15am:  Three fighter jets bombed Kampung Tanduo before troops went in

8.58am: The Lahad Datu district hospital has also been put on alert. Police personnel have cordoned off the emergency area in the hospital in preparation for casualties.

8.49am: In Kampung E, located closest to Kampung Tanduo where the armed intruders are hiding said they were jolted by loud sound of explosiions that caused thin windows to shatter. Glass doors at the media centre here, some 5km away shook several times from 7am.

8.25am: Villagers fled from the area as several explosions were heard. Fighter jets and helicopters are also seen.

7.30am: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak issued a statement announcing the attack on intruders

3.00pm: The entrance to the emergency ward of Lahad Datu Hospital is quiet, compared to the scene last Friday -- and also during the weekend -- when emergency vehicles and personnel were kept busy with casualties and the injured.

 

One of the fighter jets seen above Kg Tanduo, Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Kg Sungai Merah residents, a village neighbouring Kg Tanduo in Lahad Datu, Sabah fleeing the village upon hearing loud explosions.

Kampung Sg Merah residents, a village neighbouring Kg Tanduo, fleeing the village upon hearing loud explosions.


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