Published: Friday March 1, 2013 MYT 3:42:00 PM
Updated: Friday March 1, 2013 MYT 5:45:38 PM
Lahad Datu: Sabah east coast put on security alert
By STEPHANIE LEE
LAHAD DATU: The east coast of Sabah has been placed on high security alert following a clash between Malaysian security forces and the Sulu armed group in Tanduo village early Friday.
Many shops, businesses including banks and schools remained closed as word of the clash spread across the state.
Police in Lahad Datu have also advised people to stay indoors and not to believe in rumours.
Semporna district police chief Deputy Supt Firdaus Francis Abdullah said they were all on standby together with other security agencies.
“We have yet to receive any emergency order from the higher authorities,” he said, adding that the precautions were necessary and the people should remain calm.
“Many are worried that the problem would spread to Semporna, but actually there is no need to worry here as the Sulu gunmen have been cornered in Lahad Datu,” he said.
Semporna and Lahad Datu have faced attacks in the 80s and 90s primarily from pirates in southern Philippines.
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