Published: Thursday March 14, 2013 MYT 6:44:00 PM
Updated: Thursday March 14, 2013 MYT 6:49:28 PM
Lahad Datu: Threat of revenge from Sulu gunmen’s kin in Philippines exists, says Defence Minister
LAHAD DATU: Sulu militants in Southern Philippines could seek revenge for their fallen kin and spark a recurrence of the Lahad Datu tragedy, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pix).
He said that the culture of revenge among the communities there had existed for hundreds of years, and a retaliatory attack could not be ruled out.
He said with national security at stake, the implementation of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) along the 1,400km coastline of East Sabah was the best way to deter an attack.
"I am putting my full confidence on our armed forces and police in ensuring the tragedy is not repeated," he said.
Ahmad Zahid also expressed his appreciation to the Philippines for working with Malaysia to resolve the tragedy and prevent the incident from taking place again.
To date, 156 people have been detained for being in the red zone of the operations while 97 individuals were held for being involved with terrorists under the Security Offences Act (Special Measures) 2012 read together with Section 130(c) of the Penal Code.
The Malaysian security forces have, to date, killed 56 terrorists. The tragedy also took the lives of 10 members of the security forces. - Bernama
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