Security alert launched in Sabah following attacks in Zamboanga

Security alert launched in Sabah following attacks in Zamboanga
Security forces walks past debris scattered on a street after rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) clashed with government troops in Zamboanga city.

KOTA KINABALU - Malaysia has launched a security alert along the coastal borders of Sabah with the southern Philippines following Moro rebel attacks on Zamboanga City.

The security alert was issued due to the possibility that the clashes might spill over into Malaysian territory, said Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek.

He said Malaysian security forces have taken up measures to strengthen the sea borders between the two countries.

"Esscom is also coordinating checks with our security forces following the incident," he said when contacted yesterday.

Mohammad dismissed claims by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that some 4,000 foreign-trained Tausug fighters who are embedded in Sabah and Sarawak have been activated.

He added that such claims are part of the group's propaganda actions to create suspicion and fear among the people.

"Our intelligence indicates that the claim is a bluff. There is no such thing," he added.

"The militant groups have been spinning all kinds of claims about attacks on security forces in Sabah since the armed incursion by Sulu rebels in Sabah in February," he added.

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