Semporna kidnap: Kidnapped victim flies home to Taiwan

Semporna kidnap: Kidnapped victim flies home to Taiwan

TAIPEI - Taiwanese tourist Chang An Wei, who was released by her abductors in Southern Philippines on Friday, stepped out of a China Airlines flight at the Taoyuan international airport at about 1.35pm.

Her sister and her mother were there to receive her. Dressed in a loose T-shirt and wearing sunglasses, she appeared to be in a jovial mood and waved at members of the media.

She was ferried out of the airport in a shuttle van, accompanied by Taiwanese foreign affairs ministry officials.

It was learnt that her elder brother Chang Da Gong accompanied her on her way back from Manila.

The Taiwanese police later held a press conference detailing the rescue of the 58-year-old woman.

Philippine police and marines found her on Friday in a forested area located between the villages of Maimbung and Indanan in the Philippine island of Jolo.

Sulu provincial commander Colonel Jose Cenabre said residents had tipped off the authorities.

Chang was holidaying with her husband Lee Min Hsu, 57, on Pom Pom island off Sabah's east coast on Nov 15 when Abu Sayyaf-linked gunmen stormed their villa.

The heavily armed militants who wore ski masks, shot her husband dead before abducting her and taking her by boat to Jolo.

Chang told Filipino authorities that she did not see her husband being killed, but only heard gunshots as he was dragged away.

According to Taiwanese media, the person believed to be behind Chang's release is a nephew of Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou.

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