Body of Private Mohd Hurairah Ismail, the soldier who was killed in action in Sungai Nyamuk, Lahad Datu, this morning will be brought to his kampung in Bayu Lalang, Pasir Mas, Kelantan - Defence Minister
|Allahyarham Private Mohd Hurairah Ismail|
LAHAD DATU: A soldier and three gunmen were killed in gunfights at Sungai Nyamuk near Kampung Tanjung Batu on Tuesday.
The soldier is the first casualty for the armed forces since the operation to flush out the Sulu gunmen who landed in Kampung Tanduo on Feb 12.
Eight police officers were killed in previous skirmishes with the gunmen. Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said the joint military and police forces were conducting mopping and searching operation at 7.45am on Tuesday.
"They had a gun fight with five armed men who then retreated," he told a press conference about 15km from where the shootings occurred.
Jen Zulkifeli said security forces tracked down the group and engaged in another gun fight at 10.45am.
"In the exchange of fire a soldier and three terrorists were killed," he said.
In SEMPORNA, a man high on the police wanted list was among six people detained Tuesday on suspicion of having links to the Sulu terrorists from the southern Philippines, during an operation at Kampung Bangau-Bangau here.
Semporna police chief DSP Mohd Firdaus Francis Abdullah said VAT 69 commandos and General Operations Force (GOF) personnel raided a house in the village where the suspects were said to have been hiding.
"We conducted a raid at 6am after receiving a tip-off. We will question them to find out whether they are terrorists," he said, adding that no firearms or telecommunications equipment was found in the raid.