Malaysia holds 32 Filipinos trying to join incursion
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian security forces on Monday stopped a boat carrying 32 armed Filipinos who were trying to join a two-month-old incursion into the east Malaysian state of Sabah, police said.
Sabah police chief Hamza Taib said the group, armed with guns and machetes, was arrested about 12 nautical miles from the state's east coast, less than an hour away by boat from the southern Philippines.
The group's wooden motor boat was towed to Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah on Borneo island but no details were given of where the 32 are being held.
More than 200 armed Islamist followers of the self-styled "Sultan of Sulu" - a new-defunct southern Philippine sultanate - landed in February to claim Sabah for their leader, reviving a centuries-old territorial row.