LAHAD DATU, Nov 6, 2015:

Security forces shot dead a man in a firefight during an operation to weed out illegal immigrants here today.

The security forces were conducting inspections at a Fordeco workers rumah kongsi at 7.15am when the incident occurred.

The deceased was identified as Sedino Mas Drain, an illegal immigrant.

Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said a pistol loaded with three bullets was found near the body.

He said earlier during the operation, Sedino began firing in the direction of the security forces from an abandoned house.

“The team of security personnel was forced to open fire in self-defence,” he added in a statement.

Abdul Rashid said the body was sent to the Lahad Datu Hospital.

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