Philippine military frees tourist from gunmen

Philippine military frees tourist from gunmen

PETALING JAYA - The rescue of kidnapped Taiwanese tourist Chang An Wei by the Philippines security forces was made possible with the effort put in by the police's special task force, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

In his tweet, Khalid congratulated the security forces in the rescue of Chang, who was taken from Sabah's Pom Pom Island Resort.

"The victim was rescued in Sulu and transported to Merin Hospital there. She will be flown to Zamboanga City tomorrow," he tweeted.

Khalid said the Philippines would divulge more details and further development in the matter.

He said the rescue was possible with the effort put in by the police's special task force.

"Well done to the Special Task Force for your tireless effort in securing the safety of the kidnapped Taiwanese victim. Their contributions are priceless. Only God can repay them for their effort," he said.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Chang's rescue was great news.

"We are still waiting for more information from our counterparts in the Philippines. Usually, Chang should be returned to Malaysia before being transported back to Taiwan as Malaysia was her last port of call," he said.

However, she might be exempted from doing so as her situation was extraordinary.

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