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Malaysian police in a hunt for 5 brothers behind Sabah kidnappings

Published on Jun 22, 2014 10:45 AM
View of a fish farm in Sabah, Malaysia where a Chinese citizen working for a fishing company was kidnapped on May 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

SEMPORNA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The father was a notorious pirate before his death in the late 1990s.

Muktadir, a Filipino, terrorised the Sulu and Celebes seas separating Sabah and the southern Philippines.

His five sons, known as the "Muktadir brothers", are part of a well-armed family of kidnappers believed to be behind the kidnapping of tourists from Taiwan and China, among others.

Malaysian security forces are hunting them down as they believe the brothers are behind the last four cross-border kidnappings in the east coast of Sabah since November.

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