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Kidnappers of two women from Sabah resort involved in two other similar cases

Published on Apr 4, 2014 6:43 PM
Armed men are seen near a door of a hotel in Sabah on April 2, 2014. A Chinese tourist and a Philippine hotel worker were abducted by armed men at Singamata Reef Resort in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah. The two abducted women were at the diving resort's jetty on Wednesday night when the men arrived by boat, Malaysia's New Straits Times newspaper cited Eastern Sabah Security Command Director Mohammad Mentek as saying.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEMPORNA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The kidnappers of the two women from the Singamata Reef Resort off Sipadan were also involved in the abduction of a Taiwanese woman from Pom-Pom Island last year and 21 people from Sipadan Island in 2000.

"One of them is believed to be involved in the kidnap of Taiwanese woman on Nov 15 in Pom Pom Island, while the rest are believed to be involved in the Sipadan island kidnapping (of 21 people) in 2000," Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek said in a statement.

He said that based on intelligence received, Chinese tourist Gao Huayuan, 29, and Filipina resort employee Marcy Darawan, 40, were being held on an island in southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf gunmen and were in good shape.

"We believe that this particular kidnap for ransom group is active and aggressive in the southern Philippines," he said, adding that the local Filipino community might have provided information to the gunmen.

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