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Published: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 5:33:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 11:03:11 PM

Semporna kidnap: Rescued - Taiwanese tourist kidnapped from Pom Pom island resort (Update)

Pom Pom island resort

Pom Pom island resort

PETALING JAYA: A Taiwanese tourist who was kidnapped from Pom Pom island off Sabah on Nov 15 has been rescued by Philippines security forces, said IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

In his Tweet, Khalid congratulated the Filipinos in successfully rescuing Chang An Wei.

A picture of Chang taken while she was in captivity.

"The victim was rescued in Sulu and transported to Merin Hospital there.

"She will be flown to Zamboanga City tomorrow," Khalid said, adding that the Philippines authorities will divulge more details and further development in the matter.

In the incident on Nov 15, gunmen shot dead Chang's husband and took her away in a raid on the resort of Pulau Pom Pom off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah.

They had arrived in a pump boat about 1am.

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 Chang, 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.

Details of who the gunmen were unclear or 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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Semporna kidnap: IGP says group may have Abu Sayaf links

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Tags / Keywords: Semporna kidnap, Pom Pom Island, Chang An Wei

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