Sulu ‘army’ going nowhere, claims they will fight

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THE STAR – Police are set to end the stand-off with the Sulu group holed in Tandou village, about 165km from here, as the armed intruders ignored last-minute attempts by Malaysian and Philippines authorities to get them to leave Sabah peacefully.

The group, led by Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram, a brother of self-proclaimed Sulu Ruler Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, remained defiant and had rejected the latest request by Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Malaysia’s emissaries although three deadlines given to them were extended, with the last ending yesterday.

In a telephone conversation with The Star, Azzimudie said his group was ready to face an attack.

Asked if he was not afraid as he only had about 30 armed men, Azzimudie said: “We are prepared, we are waiting. We will not attack (but) we will defend ourselves.”