FAR.....Kiram and his men are holed up in a place far from the airstrikes, according to Philippine website PhilSTAR.com.
MANILA : The airstrike launched by Malaysian fighter jets in Lahad Datu todau missed the forces of Agbimuddin Kiram, the spokesman for the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo said.
Spokesman Abraham Idjirani said Kiram called him about 7.30am and then again at 9.30am and reported that forces of the Malaysian military and police commandos attacked a position that they (armed group) had previously occupied.
Idjirani also said Kiram reported that the fighter jets started circling Lahad Datu last night, the Philippine website PhilSTAR.com reported.
“[He told] us that the Malaysian forces and the police commandos, about seven battalions, attacked the place suspected of being Kiram’s camp,” he said.
Idjirani said the Malaysian jets bombed a position previously held by the forces of Kiram but has now been occupied by Malaysian forces.
Idjirani said the incident could have been a case of “friendly fire”.
He said Kiram and his men are safe and are holed up in a place far from the airstrikes.
As tension remains high in Lahad Datu, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F del Rosario met today with Malaysian government officials in Kuala Lumpur to discuss a peaceful resolution on the issue.
A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs said Del Rosario met with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Defence Minister Ahmad Zamid Hamidi at midnight.
Also present during the meeting were Philippine Ambassador J Eduardo Malaya, Malaysian Foreign Ministry secretary-general Mohd Radzi Abdul Rahman and other embassy officials.
Del Rosario flew to Kuala Lumpur yesterday evening. (FMT)