ALOR GAJAH — May 26, 2017: The home ministry has confirmed that two Malaysians were killed in clashes with security forces in Marawi City, Mindanao.
The ministry is now scrutinising the details of the identities of the men before making further statements.
“I have discussed with Inspector-General of Police (Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar) and we are scrutinising the details although we have identified the duo and where they were from. Bukit Aman (federal police) will issue the intelligence information,” said Deputy Prime Minister/Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi after the opening of a mosque in Kampung Durian Daun, Masjid Tanah, today.
An English daily news reported today on the two Malaysians believed to have been among 13 suspected militants killed in the battles with the Philippine military.
It was also reported that the battles first broke out on Tuesday when the Philippine authorities stormed the streets of Marawi to look for Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and the local terrorist group known as Maute which has pledged allegiance to the Daesh militants.
Zahid thanked the Philippine authorities for cooperating and sharing information on the security issues involving the three countries, including Malaysia and Indonesia.
At the same time, Malaysian authorities would monitor the security aspect of the country via the Counter-Messaging Centre handled by the Anti-Terrorism Unit to identify intelligence information and track down the militants.
“We will also share the information with the Philippines and Indonesia… action will be based on the information,” said Zahid.
He said the ministry had instructed Khalid, the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) and Sabah police to be prepared and beef up security along the national territorial waters to ensure the safety of Malaysians would remain a top priority.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor said MAF had stepped up security along national borders to prevent infiltration of armed groups into the country following the battles.
“We are wary of some (of the militants) who may escape and infiltrate into the country. Hence, the beefed-up security in Sabah.” — Bernama