Dramatic arrest in Sandakan

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (The Star/ANN) - A mid-afternoon police operation that unfolded in full view of the public in the east coast Sandakan town set social media abuzz.

Policemen believed to be from Bukit Aman moved in to arrest two men in the downtown area at about 3pm yesterday.

Photographs and video clips circulated on social media showed a team of policemen in bullet-proof vests carrying out the operation. They were seen detaining the two men at an open space along the Lebuh Empat road.

Sandakan police chief Asst Comm Mohd Azhar Hamin, when contacted, declined to comment. “All I can say is that we have arrested some people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysian security forces are stepping up their intelligence-gathering capabilities in Sabah’s east coast as part of preventive measures in the wake of the insurgency in Marawi city in southern Philippines.

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman said security forces were also increasing their surveillance of strategic areas in the east coast.

“We must be prepared for any eventuality,” said Musa after chairing the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) meeting yesterday.

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