Alleged Kiram supporter surrenders in Sabah – report

Posted at 03/26/13 9:41 AM

MANILA – An alleged supporter of self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III surrendered Monday in the disputed region of Sabah, a Malaysian news agency reported.

Malaysia's "The Star Online" said the Sulu gunman surrendered after bumping into Malaysian security forces in a swampy area in Tanjung Batu village at around 5 p.m.

"The intruder tried to flee but was caught after a chase," the report read, citing information from Army chief Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin.

Two tanks were sent to the area to search for other gunmen.

The report said reinforcements had to be sent "as the decision to surrender could be another ploy to lure security forces into an ambush."

At least 200 men, led by Sulu crown prince Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, entered Sabah's Lahad Datu to assert the Kirams' ownership claim to resource-rich territory.

At least 70 people, mostly alleged Kiram's followers, have died since Malaysian security forces launched attacks early March.