Sulu sultanate seeks ceasefire to bury dead-A A +A
Saturday, March 2, 2013
MANILA -- The Sultanate of Sulu is seeking a ceasefire with Malaysian security forces in Sabah to allow them to bury followers who perished during a clash in Lahad Datu town on Friday.
"Malaysia is a Muslim nation so they should understand that we need to bury our dead," Abraham Idjirani, secretary-general, said in a report by The Star Online.
Idjirani identifies himself as the spokesman for the Sulu Ruler Sultan Jamalul Kiram III whose 12 followers were killed in a raid by Malaysian police commandos in the coastal village of Tanduo.
"I hope Malaysia will reconsider its position," he said in same report.
The Sulu gunmen, led by Jamalul's brother, Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram, landed in the coastal village on February 9 to claim the area as their own citing historical documents.
A 30-minute shootout ensued on Friday between Kiram's group and the police commandos leaving 14 people dead along with two Malaysian security personnel.
The same report said that bodies of the two government security personnel killed during the shootout will be given full police honors upon their arrival to Subang on Saturday. (Sunnex)