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Kidnappers telephone family of Chinese tourist kidnapped in Sabah

Published on Apr 6, 2014 5:04 PM
 
Gao Hua Yuan, a tourist from China, was one of two people kidnapped after seven gunmen stormed the Singamata Reef Resort near the town of Semporna on Borneo island in the state of Sabah on April 2, 2014. Kidnappers holding a Chinese tourist who was abducted from a resort on Malaysia's Borneo island have made a phone call to her family in China, a senior security official said on Sunday, April 6, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Kidnappers holding a Chinese tourist who was abducted from a resort on Malaysia's Borneo island have made a phone call to her family in China, a senior security official said on Sunday.

The gunmen have communicated with the family of Ms Gao Huayuan, 29, whom security forces believe is being held in Jolo island in southern Philippines, Mohammad Mentek, eastern Sabah security command director-general, told AFP.

"They have made telephone contact with her family," he said.

The Abu Sayyaf, a small band of militants infamous for kidnapping for ransom, are the prime suspects in Wednesday's abductions of the Chinese tourist and a Filipina resort worker, Marcy Dayawan, 40.

 
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