LAHAD DATU (BERNAMA) – One of the 21 criminals wanted by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom), Mamay Aburi, was shot dead by the Philippines’ security forces in Zamboanga, the Philippines last week, ESSCom Commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali said.
Datuk Hazani said the success was the result of ESSCom intelligence which was shared with the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), the day before Mamay was shot dead on June 8.
He said Mamay, who was also the Zamboanga De Norte Group’s Chairman, was involved in a shooting incident with Customs personnel in the waters of Mataking, Semporna, in December last year with 50 shots fired at a Customs’ boat.
“We have indeed received good support from the Philippines in its efforts to curb cross-border crime such as the kidnap for ransom (KFR) which was actively perpetrated by Abu Sayyaf and its network on the maritime communities on the east coast of Sabah.
“We work closely with the Armed Forces Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) based in Zamboanga and the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Tawi-Tawi, the Philippines, any ESSCom movement knows, we share and vice versa,” he said when met at the ESSCom office.
Meanwhile, Datuk Hazani said ESSCom also detained three Filipinos in the Kinabatangan Sea, suspected of being ‘spotters’ for the KFR group on June 6.
“They were spotted by a security forces patrol. All the suspects were handed over to the security forces of the Philippines patrolling the Philippines-Malaysia border,” he said.