Published: Sunday March 17, 2013 MYT 12:24:00 PM
Updated: Sunday March 17, 2013 MYT 7:47:41 PM
Lahad Datu: Gunman shot dead as fighting shatters four-day lull under Ops Daulat
By SHAUN HO
LAHAD DATU: A gun battle on Sunday between security forces and remnants of the Sulu gunmen shattered several days of lull under the Ops Daulat operations.
Security forces killed another gunman at about 10.15am following skirmishes in Kg Tanjung Batu here, said Army field commander Lt Gen Datuk Seri Zulkiple Kassim.
"We believe they are still in the area and we have surrounded it," he told reporters at Felda Sahabat 16.
No casualty was reported on the side of the security forces.
The last gunfight occurred on Tuesday when a soldier was killed and another injured along with three gunmen shot dead near Sungai Nyamuk not far Kg Tanjung Batu.
Sabah Commissioner of Police Datuk Hamza Taib said a man detained in Semporna for suspected links with the Sulu gunmen has died due to illness and not from suicide as was reported in a daily.
He said police are still establishing if the 104 detainees, some believed to be members of the self-styled Sulu Sultanate, held under the Special Ordinance and Security Measures Act 2012 have links to the gunmen.
He said the incendiary family's members were in the country under assumed names and used different identities in the Philippines.
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