Official facts of the Royal Malaysian Police VAT69 Special Squad crackdown on the armed intruders near Lahad Datu, Sabah.
09.59hrs - Firefight between VAT69 and intruders when intruders started shooting at patrol party from their hideout.
TWO VAT69 Special Force personnel were killed while THREE others seriously injured. In an ensuing battle which lasted for about 30minutes, 12 of the armed intruders were gunned down.
Our security forces, VAT 69 Special Forces and General Operations Force, have further tightened the cordon around the area.
The remaining members of the armed intruders are still in the area and are suspected to be trying to flee.
Operation to weed out the armed intruders have been intensified. The Royal Malaysian Navy and other units of the military are on full alert and have tightened security in and around Sabah.
Following the gun battle this morning police recovered a cache of weapons including M16 & SLR rifles, pistols, hand grenades and bullets.
Police are in full control of the situation and have warned irresponsible people from spreading unfounded rumuors about the security in Sabah.
Sabah police chief Datuk Hamzah Taib briefed the media in Lahad Datu at 5pm and has denied that the police have imposed a curfew in Lahad Datu.
Only the area surrounding Kampung Tanduo is off limit to the public.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has mandated the Royal Malaysian Police and the Armed Forces to take all necessary actions to end the standoff as soon as possible.
It is understood that Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien is on his way to Sabah while the Inspector General of Police is already in Kota Kinabalu.
We want peace but don't push us to the wall.
My condolences to the family of the fallen VAT69 heroes. May their soul rest in peace. Al-Fatihah