Published: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 10:39:00 PM
Updated: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 11:17:44 PM
Kunak a ghost town after reports of sightings of Sulu gunmen
LAHAD DATU: Kunak has become virtually a ghost town since reports emerged that armed intruders were spotted in the town on Saturday.
Outlets such as KFC, Petronas and other shops closed early as residents stay indoors during nightfall.
Armed Forces chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said he had ordered one company of the army to strengthen the position of the security forces in Kunak.
“The presence of the army is to help the police to maintain peace and order in Kunak,” he added.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said morale was good among police officers and men stationed in Sabah despite the deaths of eight policemen since clashes broke out on Friday.
He said the killing of the policemen in skirmishes in Kampung Tanduo here on Friday and Semporna on Saturday had not dampened the spirit of the police officers and men on the ground.
Police comb Lahad Datu, Semporna seaside village for escaped gunmen
Conflicting reports of hostage situation in Semporna
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