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Nation 08 Mar 2015 | 12:00 AM

Cop held captive by Abu Sayyaf gunmen returns home

KOTA KINABALU: A midnight boat ride across the Sulu Sea ended nearly eight months of captivity for marine police Konst Zakiah Aleip.

Nation 01 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM

Academic: Kahumbo’s death only temporary setback for Abu Sayyaf group

KOTA KINABALU: The death of a key Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) leader in southern Philippines should only be seen as a temporary setback to the militant group’s cross border kidnap operations, says an academic.

Nation 31 Aug 2014 | 1:13 PM

Cross-border kidnappings unlikely to cease despite mastermind's death

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian and Philippine intelligence agencies do not expect the death of kidnap mastermind Apo Kahumbo to have much impact on cross-border kidnappings in the east coast of Sabah.

Nation 31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM

Kahumbo shot dead in ‘black ops’

Exclusive::Notorious cross-border kidnapping mastermind Apo Kahumbo was shot dead by Philippine security forces within 72 hours of his arrest in what is suspected to be a black operation to prevent his eventual release.

Nation 29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM

Abu Sayyaf leader on arms charge

KOTA KINABALU: A highly wanted Abu Sayyaf leader linked to kidnappings in Sabah has been charged by the Philippines authorities with illegal possession of firearms.

Nation 28 Aug 2014 | 6:01 PM

Arrest of suspected militant lauded by Philippine Embassy

PETALING JAYA: The recent arrest of a militant suspected to be instrumental in transporting kidnap victims of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) from the eastern coast of Sabah to the Sulu islands have been praised by the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Nation 28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM

Authorities seeking to keep Kahumbo detained

KOTA KINABALU: A notorious cross-border kidnapping gang leader arrested in the southern Philippines may be released if the authorities find no incriminating evidence against him.

Nation 27 Aug 2014 | 6:35 PM

Suspect in Abu Sayyaf kidnappings in Sabah nabbed in Tawi-Tawi

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police announced Wednesday the arrest of a man who they describe as instrumental in the transfer of Abu Sayyaf captives from Sabah to Sulu.

Nation 27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM

Kahumbo identifies victims for kidnappers

KOTA KINABALU: Apo Kahumbo @ Mubin Halil is an intelligence gatherer for Abu Sayyaf, whose main duty is to identify possible targets for the gunmen to kidnap.

Nation 27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM

Notorious gang leader nabbed

KOTA KINABALU: A notorious gang leader, believed to be one of the masterminds behind several cross-border kidnappings with links to the Abu Sayyaf terror group, has been arrested in southern Philippines.