KOTA KINABALU, (Sept 11) — A Commercial Crimes Investigation Department support team fired at intruders running towards the rear of a house which it had retreated to following an ambush.
ASP Pangiran Mohammad Zamri Pg Omar told the High Court today that the Semporna-based team which he led, was taking cover at house number 18 after the ambush at Kampung Sri Jaya in Simunul, Semporna last year.
He said the team was earlier involved in a raid at the water village to arrest a suspect linked to the Lahad Datu intrusion.
Pangiran Mohammad said he and another personnel heard a commotion from the the rear of the house and went to inspect.
“We saw an old man wearing a ‘kopiah’ (praying cap) and brandishing an M16 rifle, who was running towards the house from the direction of houses number 25, 26 and 27, where gunfire could be heard,” he said.
He said the man, wearing a military-style vest and white baggy trousers, was aiming the weapon at house number 18, from a distance of about five to seven metres.
Asked by deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Ishak Mohd Yusoff on what he did next, Pangiran Mohammad Zamri said he and his comrade fired at the man with their pistol and M16.
DPP: Did your shots hit the old man?
Witness: Yes. The old man collapsed on the wooden walkway.
DPP: What happened next?
Witness: About five minutes later, I saw four men running from the same direction towards the old man.
DPP: What were the four men doing?
Witness: One reached for the man’s M16 weapon and the other three tried to help him. My personnel and I then fired at them.
Pangiran Mohammad Zamri said the shots hit the four men which resulted in one falling into the water, while another collapsed on the walkway and the other two escaped, limping.
He told the court that the gunfire, which he believed came from houses number 25, 26 and 27, lasted 15 to 20 minutes.
His team remained in house number 18 for about 22 hours until they were rescued.
The witness said he was aware that another security team was taking cover at house number 19.
Twenty-seven Filipinos and three local residents are facing various charges of being members of a terrorist group or waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
They are also accused of recruiting members for a terrorist group or willfully harbouring individuals they knew to be members of a terrorist group.
The offences were allegedly committed between Feb 12 and April 10 last year.
The hearing before Justice Stephen Chung at the Sabah Prisons Department continues tomorrow.