Thursday March 7, 2013
Lahad Datu: Police arrest four men during sweep in Semporna
SEMPORNA: Four men were detained here for dubious documentation and drugs during a sweep in Kampung Bubul Lama at noon.
Three of them one a Philippine Sulu man with an IMM13 documentation (an immigration issued pass to southern Philippine refugees who fled to Sabah during the 1970s civil war) were detained as there was some doubts about the papers they had on them.
The fourth man was found to have drugs on him.
“We will take them to the police station to verify the documents and let them go if everything is in order. As for the man with the drugs, we will hand him over to the narcotics department,” said a senior police officer who lead the team during the operation.
On Tuesday night, someone reported seeing unusual movement around Kampong Bubul Lama, which is next to the Sri Wangsa camp tactical military base here.
“Someone said there were figures moving in and out of the area in the evening and night. We don't know who they are.
“This is a highly protected target, so we have to go in, check and clear them.
“If there are intruders there, they will definitely shoot at us. But if it is only the villagers there, it will be fine,” said the senior police officer.
He allowed the media to follow them to have an idea of what the police operation of Ops Daulat is like, provided they stayed behind until his men had combed the area first and deemed it safe to enter.
There were no shots fired and no weapons found as the police carried out door-to-door checks and searched vehicles in the village.
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