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Q&A Barton & Beattie / Philippines Malaysia / At least 26 people, including gunmen from a Philippine Muslim faction and Malaysian security personnel, have been killed in two shooting incidents in Malaysia's eastern Sabah state Friday and Saturday. Dozens of followers of the so-called 'Sultan of Sulu' have occupied a Malaysian coastal village for three weeks. The violence has prompted Kuala Lumpur to beef up security forces in Sabah. Terrorism analyst Greg Barton, of Monash University's Centre for Islam and Modern World, tells VOA's Victor Beattie the territorial dispute, which dates back to the 19th century, could complicate the Manila government's peace negotiations with Muslim separatists.

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