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TAWAU,4 April 2016:

The Marine Operations Force (MOF) here detained a boat from the Philippines with seven men, including the skipper of the boat, for breaking the curfew in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) yesterday.

Sabah MOF commander ACP Mohammad Madon said the men, aged between 33 and 52, were detaind about 7.07pm in the Kampung Wakuba waters after they were found to be in the prohibited area under the curfew when the MOF personnel carried out an operation codenamed ‘Op Paradise’.

“The boat had left the Tawau port to return to its country of origin (the Philippines),” he said in a statement, here today.

He said further inspection on the skipper of the boat found that he could not furnish the police permit to be in the curfew area during the time of detention.

The boat and the Filipinos were detained for investigation under Section 31 (2) 1967 for breaking the curfew.

The curfew in the ESSZone involved a distance of three nautical miles from the coasts of Tawau. Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran and effective until April 17 starting from 7pm until 5am.

Meanwhile, the Army has sent three battalions to beef up surveillance in Sabah waters and assist the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom).

Army chief, General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noorsaid, said the additional forces were mobilised in the Sabah coastline and placed under the Joint Task Force to further strengthen the ESSCom security control.

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