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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 07 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

Nikson’s arrest will help in hunt for rest of kidnap-for-ransom members

KOTA KINABALU: Nikson Muktadir’s capture is seen as a significant breakthrough in the hunt for his brothers and other key figures of the notorious cross-border kidnap-for-ransom group.

Nation 06 Dec 2014 | 11:47 AM

Sabah CP: Police 95% certain it’s Nikson Muktadir

KOTA KINABALU: Police are 95% certain that they have in their hands Nikson Muktadir, one of the key leaders of the cross border kidnap for ransom (KFR) group.

Nation 06 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM

Security forces nab notorious Nikson Muktadir

EXCLUSIVE: Police have made a breakthrough with the arrest of Nikson Muktadir, one of the five Filipino brothers wanted for the spate of cross-border kidnappings in Sabah in the past year. He was bagged after police intercepted a boat off Semporna for violating a dusk to dawn sea curfew.

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.