From the Malaysia Chronicle (Mar 12): Body of dead Sulu gunman identified as 'General' Haji Musa
LAHAD DATU - The body of a dead Sulu gunman whom police believed was a
high-ranking figure of the terrorist group was identified as that of "General"
Haji Musa today.
Haji Musa who was tasked to lead the so-called Royal Sulu Army of
self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III was killed along with 31 other
gunman at Kampung Tanjung Batu in a battle with Malaysian security forces on
On Sunday evening, police and the army personnel who are in the process of
recovering the bodies of 45 dead gunmen that lay in a decomposed state in the
village and Kampung Tanduo sent 16 remains of the enemy to the Lahad Datu
Hospital (HLD) mortuary.
Federal police forensics assistant director (disaster victim identification)
chief ACP Hussein Omar Khan when met at the HLD at noon said that although the
bodies are highly decomposed and was beyond recognition, police believe Haji
Musa's body was among those brought in for a post mortem.
The remains of the gunmen that were in body bags were stacked in a two-tiered
shelf in a cold room at the hospital.
"There are a total of 18 bodies of the gunmen here. Two was brought in days
earlier while the rest were sent here on Sunday.
"A team of pathologists led by Datuk Dr Zahari Noor of the Penang General
Hospital will conduct the post mortems." said Hussein who is heading the police
forensics team for Ops Daulat.
He said if the bodies are not claimed after the post mortem is done, the dead
gunmen will be placed in a temporary burial grounds. He added that more bodies
are being recovered by security forces at the battlefield to be sent over to
hospitals here and nearby towns.
Hussein said there are 87 forensics personnel, mostly from Kuala Lumpur who
will assist in the exercise of recording details of the recovered bodies and
On March 7, following a fierce gunfight between security forces and the Sulu
intruders at Kampung Tanjung Batu, 31 of the enemy were killed.
Police had revealed that they had also shot dead a "general" based on the
insignia on the military fatigues he was in. It was initially suspected that the
gunman was Jamalul's younger brother Agbimuddin Kiram.
Agbimuddin is the head honcho of the group while Haji Musa was the "ground
commander" in charge of planning the offensive on Malaysian security forces.
Agbimuddin's whereabouts remain unknown though there are speculations that he
may have sneaked out of Kampung Tanduo fled Malaysia.