KOTA KINABALU: The wife of the Malaysian shot while escaping his kidnappers during a gunfight with the Philippine authorities is being flown to Zamboanga City.
Jari Abdullah, 34, from Kampung Sim in Sandakan, remains in critical condition at a private hospital in the southern Philippines after suffering gunshot wounds to his head, chest and groin during the shootout between kidnappers and Filipino marines at Simusa island in Sulu on Thursday.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state government was discussing with Wisma Putra to provide the necessary humanitarian assistance for the Sabahan, including flying his mother to his side.
A decision on whether to also allow the couple’s young children to be flown in would be made later, he added.
Two Indonesians who were abducted along with Jari from a fishing trawler in Pegasus Reef’s waters off Kinabatangan on Dec 5 managed to swim to freedom on Friday, but one of them drowned.
Heri Ardiansyah, 45, was rescued from the sea near Simusa island by the Philippine marines who also recovered the body of Hariadin, 19.
Philippine military sources said the Indonesian duo made their bid to escape as authorities were hunting down the militant group holding the hostages.