Published: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 11:46:00 AM
Updated: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 10:05:07 PM
Police comb Lahad Datu, Semporna seaside village for escaped gunmen
By RUBEN SARIO
LAHAD DATU: Teams of police are combing through a seaside settlement in Semporna to determine if any gunmen had escaped following an ambush three days ago that saw six policemen and six gunmen shot dead.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said Monday that CID teams were also determining the type of weapons used by the gunmen in Kg Simunul.
He said police had estimated that not more than 10 gunmen were involved in the incident that was linked to a standoff with the armed Sulu group at Kampung Tanduo near here.
Hamza said the bodies of the policemen were being sent back for burial at their respective hometowns in Sabah and the peninsula after a post mortem on Monday.
He said Malaysian police was collaborating with the armed forces military operations against an armed Sulu group holed up at Kampung Tanduo.
"We are harnessing technical aspects of the military but the operations remains under the police," he said.
Hamza said police were also trying to verify reports of 10 intruders - three of whom were said to be armed and wearing camaflouge uniforms - spotted at two villages in Kunak district.
He said villagers from the two kampungs have been allowed to return home. They were evacuated following reports of sightings of the intruders late Saturday.
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