Fourteen people have been killed in a shoot-out amid a three-week security siege on some 200 members of a Filipino clan occupying a village in eastern Malaysia.
Members of a Muslim royal clan from the southern Philippines landed in the coastal village of Lahad Datu in Sabah state on February 9 to claim the territory as their own, citing ownership documents from the late 1800s.
Sabah Police Chief Hamza Taib says 12 clan members and two Malaysian police commandos were killed early today in a 30-minute shootout.
He says Malaysian authorities were tightening a security cordon around the village when members of the clan opened fired.
Mr Hamza says three Malaysian policemen were injured in the shoot-out and that the security operation is continuing.