Published: Wednesday March 20, 2013 MYT 5:17:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 20, 2013 MYT 8:47:02 PM
Lahad Datu: Bodies of 28 Sulu terrorists to be temporarily buried
By STEPHANIE LEE
LAHAD DATU: The bodies of 28 Sulu terrorists kept at the Lahad Datu and Tawau hospitals will be buried temporarily pending any claims by relatives.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday that the temporary burial would be done as there was a lack of space at the mortuaries at the two hospitals as well as to prevent any health risk.
Khalid, who did not disclose where the bodies would be buried, said that anybody making the claim for the body would have to prove their DNA samples matched the dead gunmen before the bodies would be released.
"People from abroad who want to claim the bodies can register their intention with the Foreign Ministry while those in the country can go to the police," he said at a news conference also attended by Armed Forces Chief Jn Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin at the operations command centre in Felda Sahabat about 165kms from here.
On Ops Daulat, Zulkifeli, meanwhile, said that they were still carrying out mopping up operations for the remnant gunmen at Kg Tanjung Batu area and expect the operations to continue for a few more days.
"We want ensure that it is safe for the villagers to return to their homes, he said, adding that they wanted to search every nook and corner to ensure there were no terrorists still hiding out.
Since the Feb 12 Sulu gunmen intrusion of Kg Tanduo, a total of 62 Sulu gunmen have been killed while eight policeman and two soldiers (one soldier was killed in a road traffic accident) were killed.
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