SRF, Malaysian forces clash anew

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ARMED followers of Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram 3rd and Malaysian security forces again clashed on Tuesday night in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

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Abraham Idjirani, who is the spokesman of the sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, said the encounter took place between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday in Labbiyaw, Lahad Datu.

He said Kiram’s brother, Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, informed him about the latest encounter between the sultanate’s Sulu Royal Forces (SRF) and undetermined number of Malaysian security units.

Agbimuddin heads the 166-strong SRF and more than 1,000 “volunteers” who are still in Sabah to press their claim on the territory.

Prior to the Tuesday’s encounter, SRF and Malaysian forces also clashed on Sunday night in Dangan Tungko, also in Sabah.

”Just like the first fighting last Sunday, this is a chance encounter. Our SRF men battled the Malaysian forces for not less than 30 minutes,” Idjirani said.

It was not known if there were casualties on either side.

Malaysian authorities however said no clashes between RSF and Malaysian security forces in Lahad Datu occurred.

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