Malaysian policemen check a vehicle along the main road near Lahad Datu in Malaysia's eastern Sabah state Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Malaysian security forces in Borneo surrounded armed i

 

              Malaysian policemen check a vehicle along the main road near Lahad Datu in Malaysia
Malaysian policemen check a vehicle along the main road near Lahad Datu in Malaysia's eastern Sabah state Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Malaysian security forces in Borneo surrounded armed intruders believed to be from the southern Philippines and sought to persuade them to leave peacefully Thursday, authorities said. The standoff has sparked one of the biggest security scares in recent years in Sabah, which is less than an hour by speedboat from southern Philippine provinces that have long been wracked by a Muslim separatist insurgency. The intruders landed in Sabah's largely rural, coastal district of Lahad Datu on Tuesday following "troubles in the southern Philippines," national police chief Ismail Omar said. (AP Photo/Bernama News Agency) MALAYSIA OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE