Death toll up to 60 in Borneo standoff

2013-03-07 15:01
A Sulu gunmen who was shot dead, lies on the wooden planks after a shoot-out with soldiers in Simunul village. (STR/AFP)

A Sulu gunmen who was shot dead, lies on the wooden planks after a shoot-out with soldiers in Simunul village. (STR/AFP)

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Felda Sahabat - Clashes between Filipino militants and security forces in Borneo have left 60 people dead up to Thursday evening, including 52 of the armed intruders, according to Malaysian police.

Malaysia's police chief Ismail Omar told reporters that since 15:00 (0700 GMT) Wednesday, 32 followers of a self-proclaimed Philippine sultan were killed in two confrontations.

Eight Malaysian policemen died in earlier skirmishes last week, during a three-week stand-off over the group's claim to the state of Sabah on the eastern coast of Borneo.

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