Semporna kidnap: Malaysia blames Filipino group for tourist kidnapping

Semporna kidnap: Malaysia blames Filipino group for tourist kidnapping

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police said on Saturday an Al-Qaeda linked terror group from the Philippines was believed to be behind the killing of a Taiwanese tourist and the kidnapping of his wife.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead Li-Min Hsu, 57, and kidnapped his wife An-Wei Chang, 56, early Friday on Pom Pom Island, a popular scuba diving location in the eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island.

The incident - in a remote part that was rocked earlier this year by a bloody Philippine militant incursion - has underlined continued threats in the region despite a Malaysian security clampdown.

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the Islamist extremist group Abu Sayyaf was suspected to be behind the attack.

"We believe the terrorists were able to slip in because there has been a big mobilisation of resources of the Philippine armed forces from the country's south to the north to help out in relief work for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan," he was quoted by national news agency Bernama as saying.

The record-breaking typhoon, which hit the Philippines eight days ago has left thousands dead and affected millions.

Khalid added the attackers were believed to have come in a group of eight in a speedboat.

Authorities are still trying to find the kidnapped woman with help from their Philippines counterparts, he said.

 

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