The Philippine radio station ABS-CBN reported the abduction of four Malaysian nationals by unidentified suspects on Thursday morning, June 16, 2016, at 12.01 p.m. MYT, as reported by The Star Online. According to Tawi-Tawi Police Director S/Supt. Joselito Salido, the abductees were kidnapped off the Sabah Coast and allegedly brought to Sulu via the Shores of Sitankai, Tawi-Tawi.
However, the Philippine law enforcement officials, including the Army’s Western Mindanao Command have not confirmed the abduction reports and are still in the process of validating them.
Even the security sources in Sabah declined to corroborate any such abduction incident that might have taken place. They, however, agreed to first verify the report with their Filipino counterparts before commenting.
Even though no further details were available, sources have a reason to suspect the alleged role of Abu Sayyaf, the Filipino-based terrorist group in this abduction incident. Since the same extremist terrorist outfit was also actively involved in the abduction of four Sarawakians from a ship off the East Coast of Sabah in April 2015.
The investigation is going on and Public Slate will continue providing updates when they are available.
Written by Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne
The Star Online: Report claims another four Malaysians kidnapped off Sabah
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