Published: Friday March 22, 2013 MYT 11:50:00 AM
Updated: Friday March 22, 2013 MYT 12:27:17 PM
Lahad Datu: No truth in hostage claims, cops say
By STEPHANIE LEE
LAHAD DATU: Police believe that there is no truth to a claim that six gunmen had slipped out of the Red Zone area and held hostages around Felda's Kembara Sakti area on Thursday night.
Sabah Deputy Police Commissioner Sr Asst Comm II Tan Kok Liang said Friday that they have found no leads to a claim by a woman that gunmen were seen in the area and had taken hostages.
``We have interviewed the woman and she was not clear about the details. Nobody else saw any movement of the gunmen in the area,'' Tan said at the daily Ops Daulat media briefing at the Felda Sahabat Residence about 165kms from here.
Since rumours spread, hundreds of the local residents in the area took refuge in the mosque while others left the Kembara Sakti area which is about 20kms from Felda Sahabat's main town of Cenderakasih.
Tan said police investigations were continuing in the area.
Meanwhile, he said mop up operations were continuing in the Kampung Tanjung Batu area for remnant gunmen.