Cops continuing hunt for terrorists in Sabah, says IGP

Anti-terror policemen arresting a terror suspect during an operation last month. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah police are continuing to look out for terrorists fleeing security enforcement actions in neighbouring countries, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said today.

He said there was a “high possibility” of the terrorists taking refuge in Sabah which had been a haven for criminals and terrorists from the Philippines.

Fuzi said that just last week, the police arrested suspected terrorists in various parts of Sabah.

“They are citizens of our neighbouring countries and the success was due to our ongoing efforts to deal with the terrorism issue,” he told the media.

At the moment, he said, he was satisfied with the level of enforcement in Sabah and confident the situation was currently under control.

“I urge the public not to harbour these criminals who enter the country illegally and if they have information on these people’s whereabouts, to immediately contact the police,” he said.

Last month, seven Filipino Abu Sayaf Group (ASG) militants were arrested in Sabah after entering the state illegally through Sandakan.

They had been hiding here for three to five years and were planning to bring in more of their comrades before they were caught by the police.

The seven militants were arrested in Tenom, Ranau and Kinarut by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division between Oct 30 and Nov 12.

Sabah police chief Omar Mammah confirmed there were still terrorists hiding in Sabah but did not reveal the estimated number.

Fuzi said he was thankful for the good cooperation and understanding between Malaysian security forces and those of the Philippines and Indonesia.

“We also have an understanding on how we can handle certain situations. On top of that, we are constantly in contact with one another and meet up for discussions on security issues,” he said.