Sabah stand-off: 28 dead Sulu gunmen to be buried

LAHAD DATU - The bodies of 28 Sulu terrorists, now kept at the mortuaries of the Lahad Datu Hospital and Tawau Hospital, will be given burials pending claims by relatives.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the burials would be temporary and needed to be done as there was a lack of space at the mortuaries.

Furthermore, the move would prevent health risks, he told a joint press conference with Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin at their operations command centre in Felda Sahabat, about 165km from here yesterday.

Declining to disclose the burial sites, Khalid said those making claims to the bodies would have to first prove that their DNA samples match that of the dead gunmen.

"People from abroad who want to claim the bodies can register their intention with the Foreign Ministry, while those in the country can go to the police," Khalid added.

On the ongoing Ops Daulat to flush out remnants of the gunmen, Jen Zulkifeli said the "mopping up" in Kampung Tanjung Batu would continue for a few more days.

"We want to make it safe for the villagers to return to their homes," he said, adding that they (security forces) would search every nook and corner to ensure that the terrorists were not in hiding.

Since the intrusion by Sulu gunmen into Kampung Tanduo on Feb 12, some 62 of them have been killed while eight policemen and a soldier also died while defending the nation.

Another soldier was killed in a road accident when delivering supplies to the camps.

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