Published: Monday March 11, 2013 MYT 11:56:00 AM
Updated: Monday March 11, 2013 MYT 9:19:26 PM
Lahad Datu: 22 more bodies of militants removed from Kampung Tanduo
By SHAUN HO
LAHAD DATU: Security forces have removed 22 more bodies of Sulu militants from Kampung Tanjung Batu and Semporna, and recorded another gunman shot dead, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said Monday.
The bodies were sent to the Tawau Hospital and Lahad Datu Hospital for forensic investigations and post mortem, he added.
The gunman was shot in Kampung Tajung Batu on Sunday after two policemen were injured during sporadic shooting, bringing the death toll among the Sulu intruders to 54.
This brings the number of injured personnel to five.
Comm Hamza also said six more people have been detained for suspected links to the terrorists, bringing the total to 97 detained under Second 130(C) of the Security Offences and Special Measures Act 2012.
Another 125 people have also been detained for trying to enter areas where operations were being conducted.
Comm Hamza added that mopping up operations in Kampung Tanduo had ended and and security forces were in the final stages of clearing out any remaining gunmen.
"We are now focusing on Kampung Tanjung Batu and Sungai Bilis areas. Hopefully, we can finish soon and allow villagers to go home," he said.
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