Published: Tuesday March 5, 2013 MYT 11:58:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday March 5, 2013 MYT 6:19:03 PM
Lahad Datu: Villagers fear retaliatory attacks
BY SHAHANAAZ HABIB and SHAUN HO
SEMPORNA: Mustarim Fermin, 31, packed his mattresses and clothes as he headed out of Kg Simunul Tuesday morning, after hearing rumours that the village would be burnt.
“We have not experienced this type of thing before so I am not taking any chances,” he said, as he left with bags, saying he was staying with a relative and would return once things are calmer.
Village head Panglima Ramli Sarahman, 56, said that villagers were worried of revenge attacks after a group of gunmen were killed after ambushing a team of policemen.
“There are rumours around, and we have told them not to listen but they are still cautious. Villagers will be keeping watch over the village as well,” said Ramli who has keeping vigil all night.
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