Published: Monday March 11, 2013 MYT 11:44:00 AM
Updated: Monday March 11, 2013 MYT 12:02:09 PM
Lahad Datu: Police - No enemy tunnels found in Kg Tanduo
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have denied claims by Kampung Tanduo residents that the armed Sulu intruders from southern Philippines had entered the village through a tunnel built in November last year.
"So far, we have not received any information about the existence of the tunnel.
"In fact, when the military carried out air raids we did not find any underground tunnel, what we saw were merely cars that were destroyed," Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said when contacted on the Malaysia Hari Ini (MHI) programme aired live on TV3 Monday.
He was commenting on the report by a local daily that quoted a resident of Kampung Tanduo as saying that the Sulu intruders had carried out detailed planning when entering the village, including constructing the tunnel.
The residents claimed that the intruders used excavating machines to dig the hole as though they were looking for gold, but it was a ploy to build a fortress and tunnel as a hiding place when under attack.
Asked if the Sulu intruders were only hiding around Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Tanjung Batu, Hamzah said: "(We) can't assume that they (intruders) are only in the two villages".
Commenting on the incident where a boy died while another man was injured in the foot after being shot by members of the security forces in an operation to hunt down the intruders in Kampung Sungai Bilis Sunday, Hamza said the incident occurred in the operation zone.
He pointed out that whenever the security forces were in an operation area, they always maintained a high level of preparedness and would not give space for the enemy to launch a counter-attack.
"In whatever circumstances, we will react and that is the reason why the security forces always remind the public not to be near an operation area," he added. - Bernama
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