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.
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