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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Terror suspects including 10 Malaysians were nabbed in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - A group of suspected terrorists, including 10 Malaysians believed linked to the Royal Sulu Force and having possible plans of overthrowing the government, have been arrested.

The suspects, aged between 22 and 75, were detained during a special Ops Gasak III operation by the police, army, and Eastern Sabah Security Command on May 7.

Most were caught at villages where the 2013 Lahad Datu intrusion and war took place.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said the arrests were made possible from public information on the suspects and their plans.

"Twenty of them, including the 10 Malaysians, were caught at housing areas in Tanjung Labian, Sungai Bilis and Tanjung Batu in Lahad Datu,” he told reporters here Wednesday.

“Two others were nabbed two days later in Ranau,” he added.

Rashid said the suspects were detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act.

State CID chief Datuk Salehuddin Abdul Rahman revealed that apart from the 10 Malaysians, the others caught were nine men who were without identification or documents, two who possessed birth certificates issued by the state government and one who has a Philippines visitor pass.

“They are being investigated under Section 130J of the Penal Code for soliciting or giving support to terrorist group and are suspected to be involved in a plan to overthrow the government and linked to the Royal Sulu Force,” he said.

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