Police doing all they can to free abductees in Philippines

Police doing all they can to free abductees in Philippines
Armed Filipino gunmen near Pulau Ligitan off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah on Friday night.
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BANGI: Police sent a special team to the Philippines to discuss the release of the four Malaysians kidnapped by gunmen near Pulau Ligitan off the coast of Sabah.

The team came back from Manila on Sunday after coordinating with the Philippine military and police, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

"I hear the cries of frustration of the victims' families that we are not doing anything but I assure you that we are doing whatever we can to secure their freedom," he said du­ring a lecture at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi.

The four, identified as Wong Teck Pang, 31, Wong Hung Sing, 34, Wong Teck Chii, 29, and Johnny Lau Jung Hien, 21, were part of the crew onboard Malaysian vessel mv Massive 6, and were abducted at gun point on April 1.

Khalid declined to comment further on the situation saying it was a delicate matter and the safety of the hostages could be compromised.

"All efforts are being carried out. Let us do our job to free them," he said.

Khalid added that the general security on the east coast of Sabah was still under control.

"This was a type of hit and run as the Malaysian vessel was close to international waters and the kidnappers took the opportunity," he said.

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