Armed men kidnap fisherman off Malaysia
GUNMEN seized a fisherman off Malaysia’s eastern Sabah state, an area where militants from the Abu Sayyaf group have been blamed for a series of abductions.
The attack was carried out by six suspects, some armed with M-16 rifles, Wan Abdul Bari Abdul Khalid, head of Malaysia’s Eastern Sabah Security Command, told AFP.
The Malaysian victim who owned the fishing boat was with 20 other sailors.
Malaysian marine police chief Abdul Rahim Abdullah told AFP that the kidnappers came in a fast craft and headed in the direction of southern Philippine waters after the incident.
The incident happened well inside Malaysian waters off Semporna’s Gaya Island, which is a short ride away from Philippines waters.
This latest kidnapping comes after two Islamic militants linked to the abductions of 26 Malaysian and Indonesian sailors this year were killed on September 27 off a remote Philippine island.
Nixon Muktadil and his brother
Brown Muktadil were members of the Abu Sayyaf group who helped snatch the crew members of five tugboats carrying coal and other commodities on waters bordering Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
The Abu Sayyaf is a loose grouping of militants formed in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network. –