KOTA KINABALU: Security forces in east coast Sabah have gone on alert amid fears of a possible kidnapping incident involving fishermen in waters between Semporna and Lahad Datu.
Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) Comm Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid (pic) said they were verifying various reports of an incident.
``I cannot confirm anything until I get some details,’’ Wan Bari said when contacted.
It is believed that seven people including the owner of a fishing boat might have been kidnapped by cross border kidnap groups based in southern Philippines.
Esscom sealed off the sea borders as an immediate response, it was learned.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said he had yet to receive the report on the incident.