Monday March 11, 2013
Lahad Datu: Teen killed and man injured in Kampung Sungai Bilis
LAHAD DATU: A teenage boy died and a man was injured while security forces were going on house-to-house checks to find the remnants of the foreign militants who are believed to have broken up into smaller groups.
The two were found in a bush in Kampung Sungai Bilis yesterday.
Two General Operations Force personnel were wounded in an overnight gun battle around Kampung Tanjung Batu, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
He added that both the wounded GOF men, aged 25 from Miri, were given onsite treatment by paramedics and were later flown by helicopter to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan.
One of them suffered a gunshot wound on his calf and the other on his thigh.
“They are in stable condition and are the first two injuries sustained by Malaysian security forces following the launch of Ops Daulat on March 5,” he said at the Felda Residence Sahabat resort yesterday.
The two officers were hit during sporadic gun fights between 8pm on Saturday and 4am yesterday at Kampung Tanjung Batu.
The troops are moving towards the Sungai Bilis mangrove area, where it is believed that the remaining gunmen had split up into pairs or groups and are trying to flee the Red Zone.
Relating how the teenager was killed, Ismail said a security unit stumbled upon three men and two women coming out of bushes near Sungai Bilis at about 9.45am yesterday.
As they were being frisked, the security forces heard sounds and spotted movements from the bushes and spontaneously fired shots at that direction.
“Our men immediately fired at the bushes as there was a possibility that they were about to be attacked by the gunmen. Upon checking, they found the boy, believed to be between 12 and 15 years old, dead, and a man in his 30s injured in the leg.
“A medical team was rushed to the area and they provided treatment to the injured man,” he added.
When asked if the two were part of the intruders, Ismail said they had no documents.
Ismail said the injured man was later detained.
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