Published: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 4:30:00 PM
Updated: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 10:08:20 PM
Tense moment in Kg Salimbungan as police search for Lahad Datu gunmen
SEMPORNA: The situation got tense at about 1.30pm in Kg Salimbungan when shops pulled their shutters down as the police take position in and around the town.
Villagers at the settlement, about 5km from Semporna town, were told to leave as General Operations Force personnel moved in and positioned themselves at several locations.
It is believed that they were looking for Sulu gunmen who might have slipped out from the gun battle in the nearby Siminul village.
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.
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