Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


2 more people kidnapped in Malaysia's Sabah state

16 June 2014, 16:03

Malaysia — Malaysian police said gunmen seized two workers from a fish farm on Borneo island early Monday, the latest kidnapping in the area despite increased security.

It was the third kidnapping in Malaysia's Sabah state since April and highlighted persistent security threats in the state, which is a short boat ride from southern Philippines, home to Muslim militants and kidnap gangs.

The English-language newspaper The Star said on its website that a 32-year-old Malaysian fish breeder and his Filipino worker were abducted by two Filipino gunmen from their farm and believed to have been taken to the southern Philippines in a speed boat. It said the Filipino worker managed to escape by jumping off the boat.

Sabah police chief Hamza Taib, in a text message reply to The Associated Press, confirmed the kidnapping and said further details will be released later.

This latest incident comes just shortly after Malaysia secured the release of a Chinese tourist and a Filipino resort worker abducted by Filipino gunmen from a Sabah resort in April.

A fish farm manager from Sabah is still being held hostage by suspected insurgents after he was abducted last month from Sabah and taken to the southern Philippines.

Last November, suspected Filipino militants shot and killed a Taiwanese tourist and kidnapped his wife from a resort in Sabah. The woman was released a month later. Authorities didn't say whether a ransom was paid, as is usually the case.

The kidnappings have hampered tourism in Sabah, a popular destination for foreigners and a diving haven. Sabah's government last month announced a curfew and travel restrictions in high-risk areas to bolster security.

The Abu Sayyaf, which operates out of the southern Philippines, has had links to international terrorist networks, including al-Qaida, but a U.S.-backed Philippine military crackdown has weakened it considerably in recent years. The group has about 300 fighters and now is focused on ransom kidnappings.

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...