KOTA KINABALU: The curfew in the waters off seven districts under the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) which ended Friday has been extended to Oct 29, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.

He said the curfew covered the waters off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran districts.

“With the curfew, all residents in these districts are required to be in their houses (and outsiders are not allowed to enter or be in the affected areas) between 6 pm and 6 am,” he said in a statement here Friday.

He said the curfew period was extended to prevent intrusion of terrorists who could threaten the security of international researchers and tourists visiting the resort islands.

Ramli said that based on investigations, the Abu Sayyaf and other militant groups in the southern Philippines attempted cross-border crimes including abductions.

Besides ensuring the security and well-being of Sabahans, he said the curfew was also extended to facilitate enforcement and the monitoring of boat movements.

The presence of security forces in the areas would also ensure the safety of and give confidence to chalet operators and fishermen.

Ramli said he had also authorised all relevant district police chiefs to issue permits to applicants who meet the conditions for fishing and other pressing needs in the areas under curfew. – Bernama

 



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