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KOTA KINABALU, Feb 13, 2016:

Police arrested six individuals believed to have been informers and providing aid to cross-border criminals.

Also nabbed were 514 illegal immigrants in a joint operation at a squatter area close to the town of Telipok, near here, today.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Abd Rashid Harun said they were arrested after checks were conducted on 4,749 individuals in 1,537 houses in the operation which began at 1am earlier today.

“The six individuals including a woman, are aged between 19 and 50s. They will be investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

“They are believed to be the masterminds active in providing information and aid to foreign criminals involved in drug and various other criminal activities,” he told reporters here, today.

Asked if all the suspects were also involved in the Tanduo intrusion in Lahad Datu, Abd Rashid said police were investigating the matter, including their involvement in several other cases connected with foreign criminals.

“This has to do with national security and we must look at it in detail. We will investigate them (the suspects) from all angles, whether or not they were involved in kidnap for ransom cases.

“What is certain is that they were involved in providing information and aid in other cases such as those connected with drugs,” he said.

The operation was joined by 1,000 enforcement officers from various agencies including police, the Armed Forces, the Immigration Department and the National Registration Department.

Abd Rashid said the opertation would also be conducted at various other locations.

“Therefore, we ask for the public’s cooperation to provide any information they may have to the police for the sake of our country’s peace and sovereignty,” he said

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