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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Shooting in Semporna, cops say no link to Lahad Datu standoff

Two members of the police’s General Operations Force (GOF) were injured in a shooting incident while pursuing three criminals at Kampung Simunul, Semporna, in Sabah, about 130km from here earlier tonight.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 – Two policemen were injured tonight in a gunfight with armed men in Pulau Simunul near Semporna, Sabah but police say the shootout was not linked to the Lahad Datu standoff with Filipino militants.

Sabah police chief Datuk Hamzah Taib said a team of policeman had gone to the island in search of several people after receiving reports that they possessed firearms.

“The policemen entered the village and were walking on the stilt boardwalk when they were fired upon and two of our men were injured,” Hamzah said as fear gripped people in Semporna and Tawau that a group of gunmen had attacked security forces.

Hamzah said that follow-up operations are ongoing.

“For now, we believe it is unrelated to the situation in Lahad Datu,” he said.

He denied that any police station had been attacked.

The situation is tense in the east coast of Sabah after Malaysian security forces clashed with Sulu gunmen near Lahad Datu on Friday, leaving two police commandos and 12 gunmen dead.


  1. The people should refrain from speculating on the situation in Lahad Datu.

  2. Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said speculations could further complicate the situation.

  3. He urged the government and police to issue clear and accurate statements to inform the people quickly on what was happening in Lahad Datu and the actions that would be taken.

  4. "Please remember to stop speculating. It could lead to all sorts of presumptions," he told

  5. Abdullah, who is Kepala Batas member of parliament, also expressed his sadness that another policeman was killed in a gunfight in Kampung Sri Jaya Siminul, Semporna.

  6. apapun, kena pastikan tiada penceroboh di tempat lain.

  7. semua penceroboh kena dihapuskan