photo from BBC
photo from BBC

LAHAD DATU, Malaysia – Following Friday’s vicious standoff that killed 12 Filipinos and 2 Malaysian cops, at least 6 Filipino followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and 6 Malaysian policemen were killed in clashes in Sabah Saturday, said Malaysia’s state-run Bernama news agency.

According to police Inspector General Tan Sri Ismail Omar, most of the weekend casualties came from an ambush by the armed men on police in Kampung Sri Jaya in Siminul in Semporna, Sabaha, reports Malaysia’s state-run Bernama news agency.

As quoted by Bernama, Ismail said the bodies of the 6 slain policemen were taken to Semporna Hospital.

He adds that the policemen were shot at as they approached a house in the village, the policemen fired back.

Ismail also reportedly denied policemen were held hostage by Kiram’s followers, calling it as a “rumor”. He then adds the situation in the village is back to normal.

With regards to the supposed hostage-taking by Kiram’s allies, he comments, “This is just a rumor and I ask the public not to believe any rumor on the incident.”

According to Malaysia’s The Star Online, on another report, the police considered the Sempora shootout incident resolved after recovery of the body of a Malaysian policeman and 6 bodies supposedly of Sulu gunmen.

Ismail explains, mapping up operations and checking of some 300 houses in the village ended at 6:30 PM Sunday.

Over the weekend tension clutched areas in Sabah subsequent to clashes between Kiram’s followers and Malaysian authorities.