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URGENT ¥¥¥ Philippines says three dead as Malaysia ends Sabah stand-off


Two Malaysian police officers and a Sabah resident were killed and 10 people arrested Friday as security forces ended a stand-off with Filipino gunmen in Sabah, the Philippine government said.

The police were in a van that was fired on by the gunmen, foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters in Manila.

The third fatality was the owner of the house where the leader of the gunmen stayed during the 17-day stand-off in the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo, but their nationality was not known, Hernandez added, citing a report by Malaysia's ambassador to Manila.