Cops on massive RSF militants hunt

Cops on massive RSF militants hunt
Abu Sayyaf gunmen in a photograph that was taken shortly before German hostages Stefan Viktor Okonek and Henrike Dielen were released.

KOTA KINABALU - Police have launched a massive hunt for Royal Sulu Force (RSF) militants who are believed to be in the state and trying to resume operations here.

Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) personnel and a special police task force are busy tracking down known RSF militants and the others.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman declined to give details of the operation and say how many of the militants are believed to be here.

"They are mainly in the east-coast areas, such as Semporna and Lahad Datu," he said at the monthly state police gathering at the Kepayan headquarters here yesterday.

Two men who were killed by police in a shootout at the Penampang Baru township near here on Oct 30, turned out to be RSF militants although they were initially thought to be robbers,

They were both Filipinos, aged 42 and 50, and one was a leader based in the state, Jalaluddin said.

"Both were illegal immigrants," he said, adding that one man had a false Malaysian identity card while the other had a Philippine passport.

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