MANILA, Philippines – A group of teenagers killed a member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as he tried to round up villagers in Kampung Senallang Lama in Lahad Datu, Sabah, a Malaysian online news website reported.
Habib Mujahab Hashim, chairman of the MNLF’s Islamic Command Council, reportedly confirmed on Sunday that the group has sent reinforcements to assist member of the royal army of the Sultanate of Sulu in Lahad Datu, according to Star Online.
As what the Malaysian online news website said, the armed man described as a former commander of the MNLF, “knocked on doors ordering the villagers to assemble in one area before marching them to the mosque.”
The site adds that the said member of the MNLF 60 years old, was armed with an M16 rifle and a grenade launcher and that a group of teenagers attacked and killed the old MNLF member as he was guiding his hostages to the mosque.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib was quoted saying that the slain gunman was involved in a shootout with the security forces in Kampung Sri Jaya at the seaside village of Simunul in Semporna.
On Sunday, Sultanate of Sulu reportedly claimed that 5 Malaysian officers were killed and 4 ranking security officials were held captive by Filipino residents of Sabah.
Malaysian forces suspected that the Imam was harboring Alepiuya Kiram, another brother of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, said Abraham Igjirani, spokesperson of the sultanate.
Led by Kiram’s brother, Agbimuddin, the royal army nearly 300 that landed on Lahad Datu weeks ago.