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Gunmen refuse to leave in Malaysia border standoff

Published: 02.15.13, 12:33 / Israel News

About 100 armed men holed up in a village in the Malaysian state of Sabah are refusing to leave, claiming links with the Sultanate of Sulu in the Philippines which has a historic claim over the northern tip of Borneo island.


Malaysia police and army officials have formed a tight security ring around the village, media said, with navy boats patrolling nearby islands. The gunmen landed near the coastal town of Lahad Datu on Tuesday, sparking diplomatic tension between the Southeast Asian neighbours whose ties have been frayed by security and migration issues caused by a porous sea border. (Reuters)


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