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Hunt on for Moro leader who led Sabah kidnapping

A boat of General Operations Forces team patrolling at a resort area in Semporna in the east coast of Sabah. Photo from The Star/ Asia News Network

Malaysian and Philippine security forces are scouring scores of islands in the Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces for a former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) soldier known as “Haji Gulam” and his men.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf – the ghost that haunts a Sabah paradise

Armed members of Moro National Liberation Front, a Muslim rebel group that signed a 1996 peace pact with the Philippine Government, arrive at Patikul town on the volatile island of Jolo in southern Philippines on Jan. 15, 2013, to seek the release of foreign and Filipino hostages long held by al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen.  AP PHOTO/NICKEE BUTLANGAN

Before the latest kidnapping of two resort workers, a Chinese and a Filipina, in Semporna island Sabah, the notorious armed group Abu Sayyaf previously took 21 people hostage from another resort in eastern Sabah.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Sabah hostages held in southern PH – Malaysian military

In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, tourists hide behind a table in reaction to gunshot sounds at the Singmata Adventures and Reef resort after a raid by suspected Filipino insurgents in Semporna, Sabah state of Malaysia. Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. AP

The two foreign women abducted by Abu Sayyaf gunmen from Singamata Reef Resort on the Malaysian island of Semporna, Sabah are alive and well and are being held on an island in southern Philippines, military officials said.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

$3.5M the usual price for non-Filipino hostages

In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, tourists hide behind a table in reaction to gunshot sounds at the Singmata Adventures and Reef resort after a raid by suspected Filipino insurgents in Semporna, Sabah state of Malaysia. Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. AP

The Islamic extremist Abu Sayyaf group believed to be responsible for the abduction of a Chinese and Filipina in Sabah used to demand up to $3.5 million for the release of non-Filipino kidnap victims, a security analyst said.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

4 detained for questioning in Sabah resort kidnapping

A boat of General Operations Forces team patrolling at a resort area in Semporna in the east coast of Sabah. Photo from The Star/ Asia News Network

Sabah police have taken in three men and a woman over the kidnapping incident at Singamata Reef Resort off Semporna town in the east coast of Sabah.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Agbimuddin mystery: Is he in Sabah or Tawi-Tawi?

Agbimuddin Kiram: Journey back home. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The whereabouts of the 72-year-old Agbimuddin Kiram who led the armed Sulu intrusion into Tanduo village here in February remain a mystery.

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Rival claimants slam Kiram over Sabah violence

Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III RAFFY LERMA

The descendants of the Sulu sultanate have condemned Sultan Jamalul Kiram III for instigating violence in Sabah.

Posted: March 8th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Anwar cites Inquirer offer to clear his name

Anwar Ibrahim  AFP FILE PHOTO

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday said that he had been offered by the Philippine Daily Inquirer an opportunity to clear his name over the alleged connection to the armed intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

KL sends ‘cavalry’ to Sabah; toll hits 27

MOVING OUT  Residents of Simunul village in Semporna town, where six Filipinos and five Malaysian policemen died in clashes on Saturday, lug their belongings as they leave their homes on stilts to be out of harm’s way. MALAYSIA’S THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Malaysia on Monday sent hundreds of military troops to Sabah to help police neutralize armed followers of the sultan of Sulu who have killed eight police officers in the country’s bloodiest security crisis.

Posted: March 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Sabah police comb seaside village for escaped gunmen

AFP FILE PHOTO

Teams of police are combing through a seaside settlement in Semporna to determine if any gunmen had escaped following an ambush three days ago that saw six policemen and six gunmen shot dead.

Posted: March 4th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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