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Monday, December 12, 2016

Two armed suspects shot dead in Kunak

Police shot dead two armed criminals in a shootout in an oil palm estate in Kunak early today, said inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.

The incident happened at the Ulu Tingkayu Estate, he said in a post on his Twitter account.

Khalid congratulated the Kunak District Police headquarters for their success.

"Congratulations to IPD Kunak, Sabah, on eliminating two armed criminals in the Ulu Tingkayu Estate in Kunak this morning," he had posted.

- Bernama

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Kunak, 13 Dec 2016: Two men were killed in a shootout with police at Belian Estate, Ulu Tingkayu, about two hour's drive from here, Monday.
State Police Commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said a team led by the District Police Chief tracked down the criminals to the area following a tip-off.

"When approaching a hut inside the oil palm plantation at around 1.30am, they saw movements inside.

They introduced themselves but the suspects started shooting from inside.

"Police again gave another warning but the suspects did not heed and a gunfight soon ensued, lasting about two minutes which ended with the death of the suspects," he told a press conference.

Abdul Rashid said both suspects, believed to be in their 30s, did not have any identification documents.

Police also found a stash of weapons and ammunitions at the scene including two homemade rifles, one Colt 45 pistol, one Revolver .38 loaded with four live bullets, one homemade air rifle, two machetes, two knives, four bullets believed to be of Calibre 5.56mm, two bullet shells with Federal 45 Auto marked on them, three buckshot bullets near one of the bodies and seven buckshot bullets 12 Bore in one of the suspects' pocket.

"We also found bullets for an M16 which, upon closer inspection, were not those which belong to our security forces," he said. The case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.

Police also found a Samsung phone, a Sony Ericsson phone, a white Android Tab, a red Honda Wave and a green Honda EX5 and three plastic packets containing substances believed to be syabu inside the pockets of one of the suspects.

Police did not rule out the possibility that the dead suspects were involved in several criminal activities including robbery, drug trafficking and other crimes and that they might have accomplices who are still at large.

Police are also investigating their links with a kidnap-for-ransom group. "We cannot be sure who they are or where they're from, but based on the evidence at the scene — the weapons and some drugs — they were drug pushers and smugglers who were also involved in armed robberies.

"We are not discounting the possibility of any links or that they were part of a bigger group," he said.

Last Thursday, three of seven suspects, believed to be kidnappers from southern Philippines, were shot dead by the police general operations force, while two others were arrested. The other two escaped after a deadly shootout in the sea off Semporna.

The group, believed to be among the leaders of the Abu Sayyaf bandits from southern Philippines, were on a kidnap and robbery spree, hitting three boats before approaching the fourth, which was an unmarked boat occupied by security forces.

Police are still on the hunt for two more suspects and a skipper that was taken.

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