Sabah forces on high alert for Abu Sayyaf, IS militants
KOTA KINABALU: Authorities here have stepped up their operations to track down illegal immigrants as police remain on high alert to stop the influx of Filipinos from southern Philippines.
Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) Commander Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said the offensive aimed to track down criminal elements fleeing Mindanao.
“The operation is aimed at thwarting militants from Abu Sayyaf and the Islamic State from making their presence here following the martial l a w i mposed in Marawi City where clashes have escalated this week.”
Bari said since Friday, the security forces inspected 450 people and 62 of them were taken to the documentation centre for screening for having dubious identity documents.
“We detained 15 foreigners and they were placed at the temporary detention centre for deportation.
“We notice many immigrants have left the area to avoid arrest since we started our operation.”
This was Esscom’s third series of special operations in Felda Sahabat this year with the latest focusing on six villages namely Tambisan, Long Patau, Lok Buani, Tanjung Labian Darat, Tanjung Batu and Tanjung Tegupi Laut. In the operation, security forces arrested two foreign workers, who tested positive for drugs.
Bari said the local authorities had demolished 93 houses in three settlements — Kampung Kenali, Kampung Pangkalan and Kampung Batu — which were built illegally on government land.
Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid