Armed men kid­nap fish­er­man off Malaysia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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