Sunday, January 12, 2014

79. M16 etc at combat ground

M16, M1 Garand rifles among firearms found at combat ground

KOTA KINABALU: An officer with the General Operations Force (GOF)’s VAT69 Commando told the High Court here yesterday that Malaysian security forces found weapons at the combat ground where they had clashed with terrorists on March 1 last year.
Questioned by deputy public prosecutor Abdul Wahab Mohamed on how he could single out the firearms that were earlier shown him for identification, Mancha said he recognised them from the physical marks such as the gun sling.
The witness said he could also identify three units of grenade launcher casings that were found by the security forces, based on their shape and colour.
Mancha had further identified eight magazines that were also found at the site, seven of which contained live bullets and one empty.
Asked whether other weapons were found, he said the security forces also discovered six machetes with a length of 44 cm, 67 cm, 70 cm, 80 cm, 53 cm and 73 cm.
He said the weapons were handed to GOF 17th Battalion assistant commanding officer DSP Syed Ahmad Tajuddin on March 1, 2013 at 1.30 pm at the same site.
Of the 30 accused, 27 are Filipinos and three were locals.
Some are facing multiple allegations of being members of a terrorist group or waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, recruiting members for a terrorist group or wilfully harbouring individuals they knew to be members of a terrorist group.
They allegedly committed the offences between Feb 12 and April 10 last year. — Bernama

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