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Abu Sayyaf-linked kidnappers trying to slip into Jolo island

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) 52nd Special Action Company conducting a security check on motorists at a checkpoint in Indanan Village, Sulu province in the Southern Philippines. The Star-Asia News Network

A cat-and-mouse game is playing out between Philippine security forces and Abu Sayyaf-linked mercenaries holding two women hostages who are trying to slip into Jolo island.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf kidnappers telephone Chinese victim’s family

Abu Sayyaf group. AFP FILE PHOTO

Kidnappers holding a Chinese tourist who was abducted from a resort on Malaysia’s Borneo island have made a phone call to her family in China, a senior security official said Sunday.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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 »

DFA identifies kidnapped Filipina in Malaysia

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Department of Foreign Affairs building INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has identified the Filipina that was kidnapped in Malaysia Wednesday night.

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

Malaysian forces in massive hunt for Abu Sayyaf gunmen

Malaysian security forces at the resort. The Star Online-Asia News Network

Malaysian security forces have launched a massive hunt for gunmen who grabbed two women – a tourist from China and a Filipino resort worker – along the sea borders with southern Philippines.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf men abduct 2 in Malaysia–officials

Semporna-Malaysia-map

A 29-year-old Chinese national and a Filipino resort worker have been abducted from a resort off Semporna, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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