Published: Monday March 11, 2013 MYT 4:06:00 PM
Updated: Monday March 11, 2013 MYT 6:42:11 PM
Lahad Datu: Tanduo declared clean, 97 militants captured in Ops Daulat
LAHAD DATU: The police announced on Monday that Tanduo, the landing site of militant intruders a month ago, is free of the Sulu gunmen.
Security forces are now focusing on getting rid of the remaining militant intruders in the Tanjung Batu and Sungai Bilis areas.
On Sunday, a terrorist was shot dead in Kampung Tanjung Batu, making the total number of militant intruders killed 54.
Ninety-seven people were detained for suspected involvement with the gunmen, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib.
He said security forces also held 122 people for being in the prohibited zone of Ops Daulat.
On March 8, security forces launched an offensive against the terrorist group, followed by a search to hunt them down.
Speaking at a press conference with Army Infantry Division Commander Mej-Gen Datuk Ahmad Zaki Mokhtar here, Hamza said the bodies of 22 terrorists were sent to the hospital for post-mortem.
He also allowed journalists to take pictures of the bodies to preempt allegations of certain groups questioning the number of terrorists killed.
Hamza rubbished the claim that the self-proclaimed Raja Muda Azzimuddie Kiram, who headed the intrusion, had escaped the security forces dragnet in Semporna.
"If I knew he was in Semporna, I would have long captured him," he said, also denying reports that security forces subjected the Sulu community to brutality.
To date, no police report has been made against security forces that its members had used violence, he added.-Bernama