KOTA KINABALU, (June 4) — Security forces shot dead an intruder
clad in full camouflage uniform while carrying out an operation to rid Sulu
militants from Kampung Tanjung Batu, Lahad Datu last year, the High Court here
Commanding officer of the 22nd Commando Regiment, Lt Col. Adi Ridwan
Abdullah said the intruder was killed in a 30-minute gun battle that occurred at
about 10.15am on March 17, last year while security forces were carrying out a
mopping-up operation to ensure there were no armed intruders in the village.
“My team was fired upon from the direction of an oil palm plantation and
shrubs in front.
“There were four armed intruders in camouflage attire and one of them was
shot dead,” he said.
Asked by deputy public prosecutor Ishak Mohd Yusoff if he saw the intruders
carrying any weapons during the skirmish, Adi Ridwan, who now serves as
assistant director of the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security (Midas),
said he saw the intruders holding long-barrel weapons, but was not sure what
type they were.
“After the skirmish, what were your actions on the intruder who was shot
dead?” asked Ishak.
Adi Ridwan replied: “I sent my men to ensure the area was safe for my team
to bring out the intruder’s dead body.”
Testifying on the 50th day of trial of 30 people accused of various offences
in relation to the Lahad Datu intrusion last year, Adi Ridwan said apart from
finding the dead intruder in full camouflage uniform, there were the letters
‘RSF’ on the front left chest of the uniform.
To a question, he said those were the only letters on the attire.
He also said that no weapons were found on the body, which his team then
handed over to the police at a surau in Tanjung Labian that day.
Adi Ridwan said he and his men continued with the mopping-up operation in
Kampung Tanjung Batu over the next few days without any untoward incident.
However, at about 10am on March 20, 2013, while carrying out the operation
near a swamp, he said his team encountered three armed intruders wearing dark-
coloured clothes who were shooting at them.
Adi Ridwan said the skirmish also lasted for about 30 minutes in which one
of his men, Lance Corporal Firdaus Lim Ismail Lim, suffered a gunshot wound on
his left arm.
Thirty accused, comprising 27 Filipinos and three local residents, are being
tried in the case, in which some are facing multiple charges of being members of
a terrorist group or waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, recruiting
members for a terrorist group or wilfully harbouring individuals they knew to
be members of a terrorist group.
They allegedly committed the offences between Feb 12 and April 10 last year.
The hearing before Justice Stephen Chung at the Sabah Prisons Department
continues tomorrow. — BERNAMA