Five members of Abu Sayyaf shot dead by police in Beaufort


KOTA KINABALU – Five members of the Abu Sayyaf group were shot dead by the police in a shootout at a mangrove swamp area near Taman Sri Arjuna, Beaufort, yesterday morning.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said one of them was the subleader of the terrorist group, known as Mabar Binda, who was also wanted by the Philippine government.

He said three others were identified as Abhirsham Samsula@Samseed, Jurakhdam Binda and Alsimar Sukarno, aged between 20 and 40, while the identity of the fifth member has yet to be ascertained.

“With the death of five members of the group, we (the police) believe that we have crippled yet another cell of Abu Sayyaf who have been hiding in Sabah and have pledged allegiance to Daesh militant group.

“We also suspect that there are remnants of the group still hiding in Malaysia, especially in Sabah. We are investigating it,” he told a press conference at the Sabah Police Contingent headquarters here today.