Monday March 4, 2013
Cops, military taking cautious approach
LAHAD DATU: Malaysian police and military are adopting a cautious approach in their plan to resolve the standoff with the armed Sulu group at Kampung Tanduo.
Armed Forces Chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said police and military officials were mapping out strategies to deal with the gunmen whom he described as having combat experience.
“They appear to be adept in guerilla tactics,” he said after being briefed about the latest security situation with Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar at Felda Sahabat yesterday.
Jen Zulkifeli noted that the gunmen from the self-proclaimed Royal Sulu Army led by the Raja Muda Azzimudin Kiram had planned their location around the village in such a way that they would inflict casualties if Malaysian security forces enter the area.
“They are at the centre and have people spread out, including snipers.
“They know we will suffer casualties if we go in as the area is open.
“They are under close surveillance by our special forces,” said Jen Zulkifeli.
He added that while Malaysia was determined to “bring this episode to a close” as soon as possible, any action would take a little more time.
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