KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say 14 people have been killed in a shootout amid a three-week security siege on some 200 members of a Filipino clan occupying a village in eastern Malaysia.
Members of a Muslim royal clan from the southern Philippines landed in the coastal village of Lahad Datu in Sabah state on Feb. 9 to claim the territory as their own, citing ownership documents from the late 1800s.
Sabah Police Chief Hamza Taib says 12 clan members and two Malaysian police commandos were killed early Friday in a 30-minute shootout. He says Malaysian authorities were tightening a security cordon around the village when members of the clan opened fired.
Hamza says three Malaysian policemen were injured in the shootout and that the security operation is still ongoing.
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