Published: Wednesday March 13, 2013 MYT 12:52:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 13, 2013 MYT 1:31:54 PM
Lahad Datu: Sabah CPO - Sulu group leader Azzimudie still alive and in Ops Daulat area
By SHAUN HO
LAHAD DATU: Police are still tracking Azzimudie Kiram, the leader of the armed Sulu group, and are confident he is still in the Ops Daulat operation area.
"As a leader, he will not run and leave his people by themselves here. He must lead them," Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib told reporters during the morning press conference here Wednesday.
Comm Hamza also said police would first verify the identities of the families living in Kg Tanduo's 10 houses before allowing them to return.
"We would first verify whether those living there are Malaysians or foreigners, and if the land they had occupied was private or whether it belongs to the Government.
"If they have no rights on that land, we may not allow them (to return)," he said.
He also said that police were still investigating the identity of the teenage boy who was shot and killed in Kg Tanjung Labian on Day 6 of Ops Daulat.
Malaysian security forces launched an all-out offensive on March 5 against armed Sulu militants from southern Philippines holed up near Lahad Datu, Sabah, after a two-week stand-off failed to end peacefully.
The ongoing Ops Daulat to flush the group out has resulted in the deaths of 57 gunmen and nine security forces personnel so far.
Lahad Datu: Soldier, two gunmen killed in Lahad Datu
Lahad Datu: It was and is Malaysian soil
Lahad Datu: Close relative' of Jamalul Kiram held
Lahad Datu: Ops Daulat to go on until all gunmen killed, captured