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Seyed Ramin Miraziz Paknejad, an Iranian suspected of running a human trafficking and fake passport syndicate, was arrested along with his wife over the weekend. Paknejad was detained in Thailand last year but jumped bail and fled to Malaysia; he is believed to have ties to terrorist groups, including those who planned bombings in Bangkok.
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The ruling National Front coalition won its 13th consecutive election, but by its narrowest margin ever. The opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition, which had pledged to impose a strict version of sharia law if elected, threatened to challenge the results.
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Malaysia declared the crisis in eastern Sabah to be “under control.” Authorities downgraded the alert level after a month of fighting against an incursion by the “Sulu royal army,” which had asserted a claim over Sabah.
A court indicted eight Filipinos over violence in Sabah between Malaysian troops and an armed group from the sultanate of Sulu; 100 others faced similar charges, and 72 were killed in the two weeks of fighting. Skirmishing continued between security forces and remnants of the group.
The Philippine Navy arrested 35 followers of the Sulu Sultanate fleeing Malaysia’s security operation in Sabah. The Malaysian military claimed that the leader of the group had fled Malaysia; the Moro National Liberation Front dismissed the claim.
Malaysian security forces stepped up their assault on Filipino Islamists in Sabah state in Borneo. So far 79 have been detained and 61 have died.
Security forces arrested 50 people for suspected links to a militant Filipino group that has occupied areas of Sabah province. Clashes between Malaysian security forces and the “Sulu Royal Army” continued in the province.
Malaysian security forces continued attacks against Filipino militants occupying villages in eastern Sabah, killing 31. Malaysia’s Prime Minister rejected a ceasefire offer from the group and demanded unconditional surrender.
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Malaysian forces continued a ground and air assault against Filipino militants seeking to reclaim part of Borneo. At least 40 people have died so far in the fighting.
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Malaysia deployed attack aircraft and ground troops in an attempt to dislodge some 200 Philippine militants from the “Sultanate of Sulu” who have resisted pleas from the Malaysian and Philippine governments to return home. The Philippine Islamist group MNLF warned of “war” if any Philippine civilians are killed in the operation.
Borneo violence spirals into crisis for Malaysia, Philippines
In Borneo, 14 people have been killed in fighting between Malaysian security forces and an armed Philippine group. The group claims the territory as heir to the “Islamic Sultanate of Sulu.”
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Over 100 armed Filipino militants arrived by speedboat in Borneo, demanding recognition as members of the “Sultanate of Sulu” and an assurance they would not be returned to the Philippines. Security forces are seeking to persuade them to leave peacefully.