Sunday, 13 July 2014

A massive air and sea hunt for Filipino gunmen possibly still holding a Malaysian marine police constable is continuing as all escape routes off Semporna has been cut off.

According to police source, patrol boats from various security forces as well the navy’s helicopter have been scouring the Semporna area for the gunmen who killed a 32-year-old marine police corporal in Mabul island.

Marine policeman Kpl Rajah Jamuan was killed while a constable identified as Zakiah Aleip, 26, remains missing after shootout with the gunmen during an ambush at the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort

The shootout occurred just before midnight when eight gunmen in military fatigue landed on the island around 11.30pm Saturday.

Initial indication was that the gunmen might have rowed into the area with their boat before climbing up the resorts jetty from the back of the building.

It is learnt that as soon as they entered, the gunmen started to shoot randomly towards the restaurant, reception office and jetty area before fleeing.

The New Straits Times reported that the two personnel were in a team of eight, including staffers from the marine police unit, who responded to alerts of gunshots being fired

On arriving at the location, the cops were fired on by the group near the Water Bungalows resort.

One of the policeman, Sgt Jeffridin who was on a boat nearby, heard the commotion and went to investigate. He found two of his colleagues had gone missing.

Rajah’s body was later found under the jetty.

It is suspected that the shootout could be revenge attacks or for ransom demand.


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