Friday, March 27, 2015   

Malaysia’s eastern Sabah remains trouble spot
(04-03 19:49)

More than 200 armed Islamic guerillas from Philippines invaded eastern Sabah last year, holding out for month until a Malaysian military assault neutralized them. Dozens were killed.
Malaysia ratcheted up security afterwards and has repeatedly declared the area safe for visitors. But abductions and other incidents have continued.
In Eastern Sabah there have been several kidnappings over the years.
In the biggest single case, armed Philippine gunmen took 21 hostages at the diving island of Sipadan near Semporna in the year 2000, including 10 tourists from Europe and the Middle East. All were eventually released.
Also, Taiwanese businessman Li Min Shu, 58 was killed in Pom Pom Island Resort in Semporna while his wife Chang An Wei, 57, was taken by gunmen last year.
Chang, who is believed to have been kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf, was rescued by Philippine Marines in a village of Patikul town, Sulu Province 36 days later.—AFP/Xinhua


   
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