Published: Saturday March 2, 2013 MYT 11:45:00 AM
Updated: Saturday March 2, 2013 MYT 1:10:35 PM
IGP: Sulu gunmen must surrender or face drastic action
By RUBEN SARIO
KOTA KINABALU: The remaining members of the armed Sulu group holed up at Kampung Tanduo must surrender or face "drastic action", Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said.
He said the group, led by the brother of the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III, must immediately lay down their arms and surrender.
''We have no other options but to take the necessary action to detain them,'' he said after attending a detailed briefing about the ongoing operations along with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein at the police General Operations Force in Felda Sahabat here.
The group was now "trapped" and face no alternative except surrender, Ismail said, adding that the police were in complete control of the situation.
Hishamuddin said he would be remaining in Sabah until the situation was resolved.
Twelve members of the armed group were killed in a shootout with the police commandos maintaining a cordon of the village.
Two police commandos were killed and three injured in the skirmish that broke out at about 10am on Friday.