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Shootout in Malaysia as clan claims village

A bid by a Filipino clan to reestablish a 19th century sultanate claim

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A bid by a Filipino clan to reestablish a 19th century sultanate claim to land in Malaysia's Sabah state has ended in gun battle with 14 deaths. Malaysia and the Philippines had previously urged the clan to return home.

A shootout in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah on the island of Borneo has claimed the lives of two policemen and 12 members of a Filipino Muslim royal clan, according to police.

Some 100 clan members had landed at the coastal village of Lahad Datu on February 9, claiming that it still belongs to the Sultanate of Sulu which once controlled parts of Borneo as well as southern Philippine islands.

Differing accounts

On Friday, Malaysian police accused clan members of opening fire as police tightened a security cordon around the village.

A clan leader Agbimuddin Kiram told the Manila radio station DZBB that his members "had to defend ourselves" when police opened fire. "They suddenly came in; we had to defend ourselves," Kiram said.

Filipino government officials said 10 clan members surrendered to police. The rest had fled, pursued by Malaysian authorities, they said.

Sabah police chief Hamza Taib said the "intruders" had been contained in a small area. He contradicted Filipino officials, saying no one had surrendered.

"As a result of the fire, two of my men died, three were injured and... 12 intruders died," Taib said.

Malaysian Prime Minister Rajib Razak, who is due to call national elections by April, told the state-run news agency Bernama earlier that he had given Malaysian security forces a mandate to take "any action" to end the three-week standoff at Lahad Datu. more...

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