UTK commando team to be sent to Sabah’s East Coast to counter Abu Sayyaf, beef up security


PASIR MAS: The security stage in Sabah’s East Coast will be elevated, together with the mobilisation of a commando team from the Special Action Unit (UTK), to sort out points involving the Abu Sayyaf militant group.

Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order director Comm Datuk Hazani Ghazali (pic) stated this was to reveal the presence of security forces within the areas, involved together with the Sabah-Kalimantan border.

“Although two years have handed with none kidnapping instances, significantly in Sabah’s East Coast, security controls are nonetheless being applied.

“This can be follows info obtained on Abu Sayyaf sub-leader and bomb maker, Mudzrimar alias Mundi Sawadjaan, confirmed to be nonetheless alive, so security management will be tightened and our security forces will all the time be receiving info from the Western Mindanao Command (J2 WESTMINCOM) on the matter,” he stated.

Comm Hazani stated this to reporters after the “Tangan Bersalaman” programme on the Pasir Mas district police headquarters right here Wednesday (Feb 2).

He added that the standing of Mudzrimar, being wished by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom), was confirmed by way of the sharing of knowledge by the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) and J2 WESTMINCOM for his involvement in a collection of encounters and clashes with the Philippines security forces since July 2021.

Based on the intelligence info obtained, Mudzrimar was final seen on Jan 10 in an space in Sulu whereas going out to get meals.

On border management on the Malaysia-Thailand border, Hazani stated a mounted horse team from the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) would be stationed in Kelantan from March to patrol areas infamous for smuggling actions.

“We are searching for an appropriate place like Pengkalan Kubor, Tumpat or Rantau Panjang to station the mounted horse team, which will help tighten security controls and sort out smuggling actions alongside Sungai Golok,” he added. – Bernama

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