Lahad Datu Stand Off: Two Malaysian Police Commandos Deadhttp://www.malaysiakini.com
The Malaysian security forces ended the 17-day stand-off in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu this afternoon after an exchange of fire with the Sulu sultanate intruders that resulted in 14 deaths, including two Malaysian Police commandos.
7.05pm: The two Malaysian Police commandos killed are Inspector Zulkifli Mamat and Corporal Sabarudin Daud.Three others were injured, one of who is in a critical condition, and they have been hospitalised.They are from VAT69, an elite police commando unit with its roots in counter-insurgency against the communists, and which has since been re-tasked for counter-terrorism and special operations.
6.55pm: In an immediate reaction, Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Abdul Razak expressed regret that the standoff resulted in deaths.
“I am very sad over the incident because what we had wanted to prevent, which is bloodshed, had actually happened.
“Now, there is no grace period for the group to leave,” The Star Online quoted Najib as saying.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim extended condolences to the families of Malaysian security forces killed in the operation.