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Published: Friday November 15, 2013 MYT 12:39:00 PM
Updated: Friday November 15, 2013 MYT 10:56:23 PM

Semporna kidnap: Gunmen ransack water villas, shoot Taiwanese and flee with wife

Villas at the Pom Pom Island Resort and Spa

Villas at the Pom Pom Island Resort and Spa

SEMPORNA: Gunmen who shot dead a Taiwanese tourist and kidnapped his wife in a raid on the resort of Pulau Pom Pom off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah arrived in a pump boat about 1am Friday.

Initial reports indicate that gunmen landed on the water villas of Pom Pom Island Resort and Spa and ransacked three of six villas including the one occupied by the victim Lim Min Hsu, 57, and his wife Chang An Wei, 58.

At the time of the raid, there were 48 tourists and staff on the island, but it could not be ascertained if all of them have been accounted for.

It is believed that the gunmen ransacked three of the six water villas in the resort.

Details of who the gunmen were and if they were linked to any Filipino groups from the neighbouring southern Philippines.

The resort is about 1km away from the General Operation Force (GOF) and a tight security has been maintained from the waters stretching from Semporna to Lahad Datu in the Celebes and Sulu seas since the Sulu armed group attack on Lahad Datu in February. 

According to initial accounts of the shooting in Pulau Pom Pom, a 45-minute boat ride from Semporna, a supervisor at the resort heard gunshots at about 1am on Friday and immediately informed the GOF post.

Immediately, about a dozen GOF personnel rushed to the resort where they found the body of Lim with two gunshot wounds along the corridor.

His wife however was missing and she is believed to have been kidnapped by the gunmen who were last heard heading towards Pulau Mataking near the Philippines waters.

In late August, nine fishermen from Semporna reported being abducted by Filipino gunmen who wanted directions to the Pulau Mabul diving haven. 

They were later abandoned in the sea when the gunmen spotted a GOF post near the resort and fled.  

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