LAHAD DATU (Bernama) – The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) detained three men suspected of being cross-border criminal informers, off Pulau Mabul in Semporna.
ESSCom commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said the men were in a boat when they were arrested by four security forces personnel who were carrying out an operation in the area.
He said the ESSCom team intercepted the vessel while it was traversing the area near the Smart Bungalow Resort jetty at Pulau Mabul around 8.30pm.
“Upon detaining the suspects and seizing the boat, the team discovered a suspicious message through short message service (SMS) sent by one of the suspects.
“The SMS warned the recipient to avoid entering the area because of the presence of security forces,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Abdul Rashid said two of the suspects possessed identification documents while the third had a ‘late registration’ identification slip.