Ramli: Of­fen­sive against Abu Sayyaf will be pos­i­tive for Sabah

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KOTA KINABALU: The Philip­pines’ mil­i­tary of­fen­sive against the Abu Sayyaf kid­nap-for-ran­som group would lead to an im­proved se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in east­ern Sabah’s sea bor­ders, Sabah Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Datuk Ramli Din said.

“If this is true, as an­nounced by the Philip­pine mil­i­tary, it will have an im­pact on Sabah. It will make it more dif­fi­cult for the cross bor­der kid­nap groups,” he said.

He was asked to com­ment on of­fi­cial and un­of­fi­cial re­ports that some key Abu Sayyaf fig­ures were killed in the on­go­ing mil­i­tary of­fen­sive.

Among those whom in­tel­li­gence sources be­lieved have been killed are Idang Susukan and Ma­jan Sahid­juan, also known as Apo Mike.

The Philip­pines had an­nounced the death of Bu­choy Has­san, known as Black or Bo­coi, who was based in Si­tangkai in the Tawi Tawi is­lands close to Sabah’s east­ern bor­ders.

Bo­coi, who is also wanted by East­ern Sabah Se­cu­rity Com­mand, was a key drug smug­gler and fuel sup­plier who acted as a guide for kid­nap- for-ran­som groups in Sabah.

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