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Sabah extends sea curfew in Sabah’s east coast; Pakalat-kalat ASG eh

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No thanks to the Abu Sayyaf bandit group, Sabah authorities have extended the dusk-to-dawn curfew covering Sabah’s east coast for two more weeks.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said the curfew to combat cross-border terrorism and kidnap groups from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Oct. 13.

“The Abu Sayyaf militant and kidnap-for-ransom groups from the southern Philippines are still active and have not stopped planning raids on Sabah,” he said.

Covered by the curfew are seven districts including Semporna, Tawau, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

Ramli said they continue to receive tips that Abu Sayyaf members and kidnap-for-ransom groups are planning to enter eastern Sabah.

But he said all district police chiefs can issue permits to eligible fishermen or in cases of emergency during curfew hours.

“The curfew is to also ensure the safety and well-being of Sabahans who go out to sea and those living in the Esszone areas,” he said.