Published: Saturday March 2, 2013 MYT 10:28:00 PM
Updated: Saturday March 2, 2013 MYT 11:17:10 PM
Sabah police chief: Two cops shot in shootout with gunmen in Kg Simunul
Sabah police chief: Shooting unrelated to situation in Lahad Datu
LAHAD DATU: Two policemen were shot and injured during a shootout with gunmen at Kg Simunul island at 7pm on Saturday.
Sabah police chief Datuk Hamzah Taib said late Saturday that a team of policeman had gone to the island in search of several personalities' following reports that they were in possession of firearms.
“The policemen entered the village and were walking on the stilt boardwalk when they were fired upon and two of our men were injured,” Hamzah said as fear gripped people in Sempoorna and Tawau that a group of gunmen had attacked security forces.
He said there were about 10 gunmen.
Hamzah said that follow-up operations are ongoing.
“For now, we believe it is unrelated to the situation in Lahad Datu,” he said.
He denied that any police station had been attacked.
The situation is tense in the east coast of Sabah after Malaysian security forces clashed with Sulu gunmen near Lahad Datu on Friday, leaving two police commandos and 12 gunmen dead.