KLUANG: Malaysia will increase security patrols in the waters off eastern Sabah following the killing of wanted Abu Sayyaf leader, Al-Habshi Misaya, by the Philippines military on Friday.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that stepping up monitoring in the area is necessary to prevent Abu Sayyaf militants fleeing military operations in the southern Philippines from entering Sabah.
"We can confirm that Al-Habshi was killed by the Philippines' Marines during an operation in Jolo on Friday.
"The Philippines military has been intensifying operations against Abu Sayyaf militants lately, so it is important for us to increase our patrols at the borders to prevent militants from entering Sabah to escape these operations," said Hishammuddin.
Al-Habshi had been implicated in the abductions of dozens of Malaysians and Indonesians over the years, including one who was beheaded.
Hishammuddin was speaking to the media after closing the Health Ministry's 'Ziarah Kasih Sayang' programme in Taman Sri Lambat, here.
Also present were Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya and Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Raja Moha¬med Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.