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Armed gunmen kidnap two men off Malaysia's Sabah coast

Published on Jun 16, 2014 2:12 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Two men - a Malaysian and a Filipino - were abducted on Monday off the coast of Borneo island by a pair of sea-borne gunmen, a police official said, despite heavy security in the area after a spate of kidnappings.

"Two armed gunmen abducted two people from an open-sea fish farm. They were taken away in a boat," said Mr Omar Mammah, head of criminal investigations for the Malaysian state of Sabah.

He said Malaysian citizen Chan Sai Chiun, 32, and a Filipino employee identified as Maslan were abducted from the fish farm Mr Chan operates off the small coastal town of Kunak in Sabah, in northern Borneo.

Eastern Sabah is known for its pristine coral reefs that are popular with scuba-diving enthusiasts.

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