Thai police distribute pictures of Malaysian woman kidnapped in Tumpat

KOTA BARU: Thai police have distributed photographs of a Malaysian woman who was kidnapped from her home in Tumpat last week to all 19 police stations in Narathiwat province to help locate the woman.

Narathiwat police chief General Wan Seman Wan Salleh said the police also distributed the pictures of a suspect believed to be involved in the kidnapping.

He added that efforts were carried out to help Kelantan police, who suspected that the victim had been kidnapped and taken to Thailand.

"We are now carrying out a massive operation to help the Malaysian police locate a 36-year-old cosmetics agent who was kidnapped from her home in Kampung Semat Jal, Tumpat on Sept 13.

"The operation was activated as soon as the Thai police received the photographs of a woman and a suspect wanted in connection with the case,” he added.

Wan Seman said the operation to locate the victim was carried out immediately due to good relations with the Kelantan police and cross-border cooperation over the years.

He said several raids were conducted at hotels, warehouses, and residences but still failed to find the victim, suspect, and their hideouts.

"The Thai police have also informed the four police stations adjacent to Kelantan in Golok, Waeng, Takbai and Buketa about the abduction case so that efforts will be redoubled.

"This operation also involves the Thai intelligence agency, which is still conducting the manhunt,” he added.

Wan Seman said the pictures were also distributed in other provinces, including Pattani and Songkhla.

On Sept 13, the woman, a cosmetics agent, was abducted from her home in Kampung Semat Jal, Tumpat about 5.10pm.

Four suspects travelling in a car were believed to have abducted the woman before sending her to the neighbouring country from an illegal jetty in Tumpat.

Following the incident, police detained three individuals including the woman's husband to assist in the investigations into the case. - Bernama

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