FELDA SAHABAT, Malaysia (AFP) - Malaysia said clashes between intruding Filipino militants and its security forces had left 60 people dead as of late Thursday, as it rejected a ceasefire offer from the fighters’ leader. Police chief Ismail Omar said 32 followers of a self-proclaimed Philippine sultan had been killed in two confrontations since Wednesday near the scene of a three-week standoff in Sabah state, after a military assault to dislodge them. That brought the total dead to 60 , including 52 militants. Eight Malaysian policemen were killed in skirmishes last weekend. Troops and police are currently hunting the militants in a remote region of Borneo island.