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Malaysia police shoot 31 intruders

Malaysian police say they have shot dead 31 Filipino intruders who sparked a security crisis in Borneo.

It is the highest number of casualties in one day since nearly 200 members of a Philippine Muslim clan took over an entire Malaysian village last month to lay claim to a sprawling Borneo state they insist is theirs by royal birthright.

National police chief Ismail Omar says Malaysian security forces tracking the armed clansmen gunned them down in a remote coastal district today. He says no Malaysians were wounded.

The conflict has created political havoc for both Malaysia and the neighbouring Philippines.

Most of the armed clansmen had eluded capture in a coastal district filled with palm oil plantations and forested hills after Malaysian forces attacked them with air strikes and mortar fire on Tuesday.

The police chief said at least 52 Filipinos have now been killed in the past week since hostilities in the Sabah security crisis escalated. Eight policemen also were shot dead by the Filipino clansmen and their allies in various parts of Malaysia's eastern Sabah state in Borneo.

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