14 Filipinos killed in Sabah standoff
- Published: 1 Mar 2013 at 14.49
- Online news:
Twelve followers of a self-described Philippine Sultan died in a shootout with Malaysian security forces on Friday, police said, as tensions rose in their 17-day standoff.
Hamza Taib, police chief of the Malaysian state of Sabah, also said two security personnel were killed and that the standoff with the Filipino intruders continued, contradicting earlier official statements suggesting it was over.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed regret over the bloodshed but said he had authorised police and armed forces to take whatever action necessary to end the impasse.
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