Malaysia denies claims soldiers were ambushed by Sulu gunmen
KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK)- Malaysia dismissed as "baseless" claims that eight of its soldiers were killed in a recent ambush by Sulu gunmen in Lahad Datu.
Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) director general Mohammad Mentek said that the claims by a spokesman on behalf of the group led by self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III were without any basis and were part of propaganda attempts to spread fear amongst the people.
"They have been making all sorts of claims to create disharmony and fear among the people. I urge the public not to believe such unfounded claims by these (Sulu) individuals who are using it as propaganda,'' he said when contacted on Monday over reports appearing in several Philippines newspapers that Sulu gunmen killed eight soldiers.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib also denied the reports while confirming that there have no clashes between security forces and Sulu terrorists.