Published: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 12:12:00 PM
Updated: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 10:09:45 PM
Blood-spattered bodies of Sulu gunmen removed by religious officers (Update)
By P. KATHARASON
KAMPUNG SIMUNUL: The bodies of three gunmen left lying on Lorong 5 in Kg Simunul were removed by officials from the religious department as the one-kilometre-long street experiences an exodus of hundreds of families.
It is not known where the bodies were taken to.
One body had been lying on a boat, another on the wooden boardwalk and the third in a stilt house since the shootout between security forces and the gunmen on Saturday
The surrounding areas are spattered with blood.
Villagers said they don't know who will bury bodies and they said they afraid to tamper with the bodies.
They said they did not know the identities of the dead who were among the six gunmen shot dead on Saturday. Six policemen were also killed during the shootout.
As villagers in Lorong 5 left, villagers outside Lorong 5 in this sprawling water settlement were trickling back.
“We have been staying here for more than 30 years. We are not supporters of the Sulu Sultan.
“We are afraid that after the shooting, it will no longer be safe here,” said one of the villagers who declined to be named.
No uniformed policemen or military personnel were seen this morning as villagers packed their household belongings, including refrigerators, televisions and stoves, to stay with relatives elsewhere.
In Kunak, the town has become virtually a ghost town with outlets such as KFC, Petronas and other shops closed and the police stations in darkness since reports emerged that armed intruders were spotted in the town on Saturday.