Wednesday March 6, 2013
The ground shook during air raid, say locals
LAHAD DATU: Locals living 5km away from Kampung Tanduo felt the ground shake during the air raid.
“Sudah meletup itu bom, sudah berperang di sana (The bomb exploded, it’s war there),” said a 34-year-old bus driver at a Felda palm oil plantation here.
He said he was not worried as he had confidence in the security forces to control the situation.
At about 7am, about 20 oil palm plantation workers heard the sound of bombs going off.
When they ran towards the main road, they saw black smoke rising from Kg Tanduo, about 10km away.
“After 10 minutes of waiting, our supervisor explained that Malaysia’s forces had launched an operation,” said Suraya Taroh, a 40-year-old Indonesian palm oil worker.
Locals residing in Lahad Datu, about 25km away from the conflict, updated themselves by watching the news on TV while the situation unfolded in their backyard.
A mamak restaurant owner said the atmosphere in town was normal.
“Macam biasa saja (Like normal),” said Mohamad Kadir, who runs Restoran Safeerah in Bandar Cenderawasi – which was packed with people discussing the attack.
Many foreign journalists were also seen at the restaurant as they were not allowed near the operations site.
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