An attempt to round up undocumented people at the Lahad Datu public market turned bloody, with three teenagers killed in the operation.
The victims are 16-year-old Nodin Akang, 17-year-old Lahudin Nasir and 18-year-old Alex Nasir.
The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has been dispatched to Lahad Datu to look into the deaths of the young men.
“The Philippine embassy is deeply concerned about this turn of events, and even as the cause of the deaths of the three Filipinos, two of whom are minors, are being investigated, the embassy calls for humane treatment of undocumented individuals, including the manner by which operations are conducted,” the statement read.
Lahad Datu was the site of a standoff between Malaysia’s security forces and claimants of Sabah from, Tawi-tawi led by the brother of Sultan of Sulu.