Sulu militant commander held, movements crippled, say police
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (picture) said the man, in his 40s, was detained with his wife at a swampy area at 1.30am after a tip-off.
He said the security forces also detained a local who provided all the needs of the terrorists from the early days of their landing in Kampung Tanduo on February 9 until today.
Without going into further details on the terrorist detained, Khalid said the man was caught at 10pm yesterday in Kampung Tanduo and was now being held under the Immigration Act.
“The local co-ordinator has been identified as the individual who made arrangements for food and drinks, accommodation, transportation and medicine for the terrorists since the early part of the intrusion.
“With the capture of the commander and a local stooge of the terrorists, I am confident the terrorist group is now crippled,” he told a media conference at the security forces operations headquarters at Felda Sahabat 16 near here today.
Khalid said with the capture of the two individuals, he believed the movements of the remnants of the terrorists were now limited and weakened as they were directionless and no longer getting assistance from locals.
Thanking the local community for furnishing information which had led to the capture of a most wanted individual, Khalid said Operasi Daulat (the offensive against the terrorists), which entered its 19th day today, would still be continued and expected the community in Lahad Datu would resume they normal lives soon.
On the latest statistics of Operasi Daulat, he said to date 408 people had been detained for numerous offences, while the number of terrorists shot dead remained at 63.
He said 38 bodies of the terrorists were also retrieved from the operation area, including eight which were taken out of Kampung Tanjung Batu yesterday.
The bodies were now undergoing post-mortems at the Lahad Datu Hospital, he said.
On the incident in Kembara Sakti yesterday, Khalid said the number of security forces in the village had been increased to boost the confidence of the residents to continue their normal lives.
“There is no reason for them to be afraid and I advise all community members, residents and plantation workers in Kembara Sakti to return home as the security forces will always protect them,” he said.
He said preliminary investigation by police found the matter to be only rumours which was exaggerated and caused worry to residents.
About 1,000 residents in Kampung Kembara Sakti were reported to have moved to a nearby religious school and mosque after a housewife claimed four hungry terrorists came to her house when she was alone and tied her hands and feet.
The woman was said to have untied her bonds and escaped when the militants were busy looking for food. — Bernama