Bomb expert identified as mastermind behind Sabah kidnap
A MAN known for his cruel streak has been identified as the mastermind behind the kidnap of Malaysian cousins Tung Wee Jie and Tung Wee Wei (previously reported as Chong Wei Jie and Chong Wei Fei) from Sabah last year, The Star reported.
Tawau-born Mohd Amin Bacho, 30, is a member of Darul Islam Sabah, which is linked to the Abu Sayyaf group based in southern Philippines. The Islamist militant group is notorious for a string of kidnap-for-ransom attempts.
Amin was known to have beheaded hostages when the group failed to extort ransom. The bomb expert was also allegedly involved in plotting a spate of recent bombings in southern Philippines, according to the Malaysian daily.
"We are in contact with our counterparts in the Philippines to assist in the capture of Mohd Amin so that he can be held responsible for militant activities in Malaysia as well as neighbouring countries," said Commander Mohamad Fuzi Harun, a special task force director in charge of Malaysia's counter-terrorism operations.