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BERITAENGLISH#SabahIntruders: All six bodies of policemen killed in Semporna ambush recovered

#SabahIntruders: All six bodies of policemen killed in Semporna ambush recovered

Soldiers guarding one of the roads leading to the Simunul village in Semporna as the villagers flee from the fighting
Soldiers guarding one of the roads leading to the Simunul village in Semporna as the villagers flee from the fighting

LAHAD DATU: Police have now considered the Semporna shootout incident resolved after recovering the body of another policeman and six corpses believed to be those of the Sulu gunmen.

This brings to six the number of policemen killed in an ambush by the Sulu gunmen in Kampung Sri Jaya in the Semulu settlement near Semporna town late Saturday.

Villagers peek behind houses during the gunfight between security forces and the Sulu gunmen at Kampung Sri Jaya on Sunday
Villagers peek behind houses during the gunfight between security forces and the Sulu gunmen at Kampung Sri Jaya on Sunday

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar told reporters late Sunday that the mopping up operations involving the checking of some 300 houses in the village ended at 6.30pm on Sunday.

From that police were able to account for 19 of the 25 policemen, all based at the station in Semporna, who caught in the ambush, he said.

The bodies of the six policemen have been taken to the Semporna hospital.

On Friday, two police commandos were killed in Lahad Datu after police moved in on the gunmen after a three-week standoff.

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