KOTA KINABALU: A hunt is on for two out of nine escaped immigration detainees who fled from a temporary detention centre in Menggatal, near here, early Thursday (May 13).
These two are yet to be found while seven of them were recaptured not long after their escape.
It is believed that the detainees had climbed out from a fence behind one of the detention blocks before immigration officials saw them running away.
A chase ensued as police personnel were called to provide backup and search for the escapees.
Three of them were found earlier while four others were recaptured later in the evening.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said efforts to find the remaining two will continue on Friday (May 14).
He said details of their escape were still being gathered.
“We need the public living in Menggatal, especially near the detention centre, to be on the lookout for two suspicious men, ” he said.
Before this on April 25, a group of immigration detainees had staged a protest after they were told that they wouldn’t be able to return to their home countries following a delay in the deportation process due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The situation was, however, controlled not long afterwards.
It is not known whether these escapees were part of the protest.