The leader of a band of Filipino militants whose incursion in Malaysia has left scores dead has reportedly fled even as his own family insist he is still in the country.
Malaysia's premier has called a deadly incursion by Philippine militants a “wake-up call” that will lead to tighter security on the neighbors' notoriously porous sea border, a report said Wednesday.
Malaysian authorities have rescued at least 136 people believed to be ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing strife in Myanmar aboard a leaking boat with no food or water, an official said Monday.
Malaysian police said Monday they had cleared a remote village at the heart of a monthlong incursion by Filipino Islamists as another gunman was killed, raising the toll in the crisis to 63.
Malaysian police said Saturday that they had detained 79 suspects linked to Filipino intruders in Borneo as they intensify an operation to flush out members of a Filipino Muslim clan who took over a village last month.
Malaysian security forces said they killed 31 Filipino militants in overnight clashes in eastern Sabah state as Prime Minister Najib Razak rejected a cease-fire offer from the armed group staking an ancient claim to the resource-rich region.
Malaysia Wednesday escalated its hunt for armed Filipino invaders who dodged a military assault meant to crush them, as a Philippine guerrilla warned more fighters had arrived.
Malaysia's military Tuesday launched a fierce assault including jet fighters on up to 300 Filipino “intruders” after a deadly three-week standoff, as their leader vowed they would fight to the death.
Malaysia sent hundreds of soldiers to a Borneo state Monday to help neutralize armed Filipino intruders who have killed eight police officers in the country's bloodiest security emergency in years.
Gunmen have killed five policemen in Malaysia's Sabah state where members of an armed faction from the Philippines are staking an ancient claim to the remote corner of Borneo island and have been facing off with security forces.