Curfew in Eastern Sabah Security Zone Further Extended to Oct 8

September 22: The curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), which ends on Monday, has been extended until Oct 8, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.

He said the curfew, from 6pm to 6am, coveres the waters off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

“Those living in the affected areas should remain indoors; while outsiders will not be allowed to enter the waters there between 6pm and 6am.”

Omar said the curfew is being extended to ensure the safety of international researchers and tourists at resort islands in the area, which in the past have come under terrorist attack.

“It is also to ensure the safety and well-being of Sabahans in the ESSZone.” he said in a statement today.

Omar said the curfew will facilitate the enforcement and monitoring of boat movements, while the presence of security vessels would provide a sense of security for chalet operators and fishermen in the area.

He said that based on intelligence, the Abu Sayyaf militant group and those carrying out kidnappings-for-ransom from the southern Philippines ae still trying to intrude into the ESSZone to commit abductions and cross-border crimes. 

Source: New Strait Times

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