DEFENDING AND PRESERVING THE NATION’S SOVEREIGNTY
UPDATES CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
12th February 2013 - Armed Intrusion at Lahad Datu
About 150 armed persons in army fatigues intruded into Felda Sahabat,
Lahad Datu district of Sabah. The police cordoned off the area and
directed the group to lay down arms and surrender.
14th - 28th February 2013 - Negotiations
The intruders were identified to be from the southern Philippines who claimed to be linked to the so-called ‘Sulu Sultanate’.
Rounds of negotiations were held between the intruders and the Royal
Malaysia Police to find the best solution without bloodshed. The
intruders were asked to leave peacefully.
The deadline for the
intruders to leave peacefully passed but negotiations were still in
progress to allow the terrorists to retreat.
1st. March 2013 - Shooting Incident at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu
The police dropped leaflets from a helicopter that ordered the armed
intruders holed up in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu to surrender.
The intruders at Kampong Tanduo fired shots at a police party. 2 police
personnel were killed and 3 others injured. All 12 members of the small
group of armed intruders were shot dead by the police in ensuing shoot
out. Details of the deceased police personnel can be viewed at this link
The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak warned the invaders to surrender, failing which the authorities will take action.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III urged the intruders to surrender unconditionally.
2nd March 2013 - Shooting Incident in Kampung Simunul, Semporna
Acting on information on the presence of armed intruders in Kampung
Simunul and Kampung Sri Jaya, Semporna, a police party was despatched to
investigate. Upon arrival at Kampung Simunul the police party was
ambushed by the intruders. Six police personnel sacrificed their lives
while 2 others were injured. 6 armed intruders were killed by the
police. Another armed intruder was killed by villagers at the nearby
Kampong Sinalang Lama after he tried to take them hostage. The dead
intruder was identified by the villagers to be an imam. Details of the
deceased police personnel can be viewed at this link http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=570544079622570&set=a.546416638701981.130912.161086313901684&type=1&theater
3rd March 2013 - Retrieval of Bodies and Rescue of Trapped Personnel
The police despatched a rescue team to retrieve the bodies of police
fallen heroes and rescued personnel who were trapped in Kampong Simunul,
Semporna. The team successfully executed the mission.
The bodies of dead police personnel were found to have been brutally mutilated by the armed intruders.
4th March 2013 - Military Reinforcement
Seven army battalions were deployed to Sabah.
Two villages- Tanjung Batu and Tanjung Labian were declared “red zones” following reports of gunmen landing there.
The intruders were labelled as ‘terrorists’ after a meeting between the
Malaysian Foreign Minister and the Philippine Foreign Secretary in
5th March 2013 - Unified Action by Malaysian Security Forces
The intruders showed no sign of retreating.
Malaysian PM said security forces have launched “Ops Daulat” to end the
stand-off with the terrorists in Kampung Tanduo to defend the dignity
and sovereignty of the country.
Malaysian Security Forces (police, army, navy and air force) launched a unified attack at Kampung Tanduo.
Mopping and searching operation followed suit to clear and secure the area.
6th March 2013 - Current Situation
One armed terrorist was shot while trying to ambush Malaysian national security forces.
Area of operation is expanded.
Security situation in Sabah is still very much under control. The
public is advised to not to listen to any rumours and speculation.
300,000 local Suluk community in Sabah distanced themselves from the
path taken by the armed terrorists. Deputy President of the Sabah Bajau
Suluk Cultural Association, Abdul Ali Erilis said that they totally
disagree with their (the terrorist) action of intruding into the state,
killing and harming members of the security forces.
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Posted by Encik Akmal at 04:47