Malaysian, Indonesian, Philippine security forces to cooperate against Abu Sayyaf – chief of defence forces

KOTA BAHARU — The Malaysian Armed Forces will work with the security forces of the Philippines and Indonesia to foil attempts by Abu Sayyaf militants hunted by Philippine troops from escaping from Sulu, said Chief of Defence Forces Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

This was a follow-up to the Philippine deployment of 5,000 troops in Sulu to hunt down the Abu Sayyaf militants who had beheaded two Canadian hostages in the past two months after failing to get their demanded ransom, he said.

“We will act early to thwart any attempt by the Abu Sayyaf militants to escape. Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will work together closely in this endeavour. PNA/Bernama/