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Gunmen attack diving resort on Malaysia's Borneo island in new escalation of violence

Published on Jul 13, 2014 3:02 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A policeman was killed and a second kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo island, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hotspot, a security official said on Sunday.

The shooting on Mabul island is the latest in a spate of abductions in Malaysia's remote Sabah state, home to some of the world's top diving sites, with travel agents saying the violence has already hurt visits to the area.

A major hunt has been launched to track down the criminals believed to have come "from a neighbouring country", Abdul Rashid Harun, head of Sabah state eastern security zone, told AFP.

One security official said on condition of anonymity that the criminals are believed to be gunmen from the Sulu islands in the Philippines.

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