Friday, March 1, 2013

Firefight breaks out in Sabah: Royal Sultanate Forces attacked by Malaysian Police

Just this morning, an undetermined number of Malaysian police forces reportedly attacked the Royal Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu in a remote town of Sabah. The attack, which allegedly resulted to numerous casualties, was reportedly instigated by the Malaysian security forces to forcefully evacuate members of the Royal Sultanate force from Sabah. The attack came while efforts are being made to arrive at a peaceful resolution to what is now known as the Sabah standoff.

Lahad Datu was the place attacked, reportedly where Crown Prince Agbimuddin Kiram and about 180 other armed members of the Royal Sultanate Forces are said to be holed up since February 12. The Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram III quickly condemned the attack. Kiram III still maintained his order for his men to stay put, contrary to the appeal of the Philippine government for him to exercise leadership and order his men to desist and leave the place.

Kiram was interviewed over radio saying that the Malaysians attacked first but the Royal Army had anticipated it and was ready. However, the spokesperson for the Royal Army admitted sustaining casualties. Henry Omaga Diaz of ABS-CBN 2 said, the Army sustained some casualties. However, accounts by Raja Muda said, only one of them was hit.

The attack occurred while the Sultan of Sulu was going to the Embassy of Malaysia to communicate with the Malaysian ambassador to the Philippines.