Raja Muda almost killed in attack: princess
MANILA, Philippines -- Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram was almost killed after Malaysian security forces attacked the royal army in Tanjung Batu, Sabah on Tuesday, the daughter of self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III said.
Princess Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the sultan, said Raja Muda was saved by two royal army members who died after being shot by Malaysian forces.
Jacel said the crown prince was not carrying any firearm at the time of the encounter.
She said this only proves that Raja Muda is still in Sabah and has not abandoned his men, contrary to earlier reports that the sultan's brother has already returned to the Philippines.
On Tuesday, a report from Malaysia's The Star Online said Malaysian forces are now on the last part of the so-called Ops Daulat (Operation Sovereignty) to supposedly flush out the "remnants" of the royal army.
"We are better equipped now and can expect to complete clearing the Tanjung Batu area by today," Sabah Commissioner of police Datuk Hamza Taib was quoted.
The sultan on Monday also lifted his earlier declaration of a ceasefire against Malaysian security forces.
The Kirams' spokesman, Abraham Idjirani, said the order means that armed members of the royal army will fight back if attacked by Malaysian forces.
The followers of the sultan entered Sabah in February supposedly to stay there peacefully.
The fight for Sabah ended in a bloody conflict, however, as Malaysia ended ultimatums for the royal army to leave. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM