Muktadil brothers behind Sabah kidnappings, say police

23 August 2014

SEMPORNA: Police have identified the Muktadil brothers as the key suspects in a series of cross border kidnappings and murders in Sabah’s east coast.

Mabul attack: Kidnapped cop among first to serve in Esszone, says brother.

13 July 2014

KOTA KINABALU: The marine policeman kidnapped by a group of armed men at a resort in Pulau Mabul, Semporna last night was among the first to serve in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).

Fish farm owners told to move

8 July 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Security forces have cut off all sea routes out of Semporna and ordered fish farm owners and managers there to move temporarily to town after gunmen staged another kidnapping attempt near Kampung Bangau-Bangau.

Semporna kidnap: We ate a lot of fried chicken on Jolo island, says Filipina worker

8 June 2014

KOTA KINABALU: A Filipino hotel worker has revealed that kidnappers ensured she and fellow captive Gao Huayun, were well fed during their two months in captivity on Jolo island in the Phillippnes, and even gave the Chinese tourist "special food" on her birthday.

Chinese tourist freed by Abu Sayyaf to be reunited with family today

31 May 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: After almost two-months in captivity, Chinese tourist Gao Huayun, who was released by her Abu Sayyaf kidnappers in Jolo on Friday, is expected to be reunited with her family in Shanghai later Saturday.

PM calls for tighter enforcement of security in east coast of Sabah

8 May 2014

TAIPING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reiterated the need for tighter enforcement of security in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) with the introduction of a monitored passage for entry and exit in the waters off Sabah.

Jittery but life must go on

8 May 2014

LAHAD DATU: Life went on as usual in this Sabah east coast town a day after the kidnapping of Chinese national Yang Zai Lin – but the latest incident has left the state’s business community feeling jittery.

Gunmen fluent in Malay, says farm worker

8 May 2014

LAHAD DATU: The group of men who kidnapped Wonderful Terrace fish farm manager Yang Zai Lin is said to be fluent in Bahasa Malaysia.

Government gets tough on Sabah’s east coast

8 May 2014

LAHAD DATU: All foreign vessels entering and exiting the east coast of Sabah must now follow designated routes, especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), with immediate effect.

Is the hand of Misuari behind spate of kidnappings?

8 May 2014

LAHAD DATU: Former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari (pic) is thought to be the unseen hand behind the spate of kidnappings in Sabah’s east coast.

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