Sabah police chief says 5 suspected members of Philippine armed group killed in assault on Malaysian portion of Borneo island.
Police in Malaysia have shot useless 5 suspected members of the Philippine armed group, Abu Sayyaf, throughout a firefight on the Malaysian portion of Borneo island, an official stated.
Hazani Ghazali, police commissioner of Malaysia’s Sabah state, introduced the deaths in an announcement on Tuesday.
He stated the assault occurred on Monday when males armed with weapons and machetes attacked Malaysian police throughout a raid within the city of Beaufort within the state of Sabah on Borneo.
All 5 killed had been Filipinos and included a person recognized as Mabar Binda – an Abu Sayyaf sub-commander who’s on the Philippine authorities’s most-wanted listing.
“With the dying of those 5, we consider that we’ve crippled yet one more cell of Abu Sayyaf hiding out in Sabah,” Ghazali stated.
The Abu Sayyaf group, whose members pledged allegiance to ISIL (ISIS) in 2014, is predicated within the southern Philippines and is infamous for bombings, beheadings, extortions and kidnap-for-ransom actions.
Authorities in Malaysia have stepped up efforts to crack down on the exercise of armed teams after an assault linked to ISIL within the capital Kuala Lumpur in 2016 and others in neighbouring nations.
Ghazali stated Malaysian police have detained 83 folks in Sabah between 2014 and 2020 for suspected hyperlinks to ISIL.
Sabah has lengthy grappled with the specter of armed kidnappers, together with these from Abu Sayyaf, profiting from the proximity and porous maritime borders between the southern Philippines and the Malaysian state.
In March, the Philippine army stated its troops killed an Abu Sayyaf chief and rescued 4 Indonesian hostages who had been kidnapped from Sabah.
The hostages had been held for greater than a 12 months.