ESSZone cur­few ex­tended

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KOTA KINABALU: The cur­few in the wa­ters off seven dis­tricts un­der the East­ern Sabah Se­cu­rity Zone (ESSZone) which ended yes­ter­day has been ex­tended to Oct 2, said Sabah Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Datuk Ramli Din.

He said the cur­few cov­ered the wa­ters off the Tawau, Sem­porna, Ku­nak, La­had Datu, Kin­abatan­gan, San­dakan and Belu­ran dis­tricts.

“With the cur­few, all res­i­dents in th­ese dis­tricts are re­quired to be in their houses (and out­siders are not al­lowed to en­ter or be in the af­fected ar­eas) be­tween 6 pm and 6 am,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

He said the cur­few pe­riod was ex­tended to pre­vent in­tru­sion of ter­ror­ists who could threaten the se­cu­rity of in­ter­na­tional re­searchers and tourists vis­it­ing the re­sort is­lands.

Ramli said that based on in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the Abu Sayyaf and other mil­i­tant groups in the south­ern Philip­pines at­tempted cross-border crimes in­clud­ing ab­duc­tions.

Be­sides en­sur­ing the se­cu­rity and well- be­ing of Saba­hans, es­pe­cially those who used the wa­ters, he said the cur­few was also ex­tended to fa­cil­i­tate en­force­ment and the mon­i­tor­ing of boat move­ments to en­sure the safety of and to give con­fi­dence to chalet op­er­a­tors and fish­er­men with the pres­ence of the se­cu­rity forces in their ar­eas.

Ramli said he had also au­tho­rised all the rel­e­vant district po­lice chiefs to is­sue per­mits to ap­pli­cants who meet the con­di­tions for fish­ing and other press­ing needs in the ar­eas un­der cur­few. - Ber­nama

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