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Sandakan Kidnap: Philippine Authorities Fully Committed To Search

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PETALING JAYA: The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is hopeful that latest kidnapping incident in Sandakan will be resolved at the earliest opportunity.

On Thursday, four gunmen in camouflage uniforms armed with a M.16 rifle and pistol entered Ocean King Restaurant at Jalan Batu Sapi in Sandakan and abducted manager Thien Nyuk Fun, 50 and Sarawakian tourist Bernard Then Ted Fen, 38 before fleeing towards open sea.

In a press statement on Friday, the embassy said the Philippine police authorities in nearby areas have been alerted for possible interdiction, in the event the perpetrators and their victims are headed their way.

”Philippine authorities, notably maritime units and anti-kidnapping operatives, have been actively and closely coordinating with their Malaysian counterparts in exchanging information and addressing the threats from kidnapping groups.

We are hopeful that with intensified cooperation, this current kidnapping incident will be resolved at the earliest opportunity,” said the statement.

Malaysian Police are now investigating the background of all the workers as a massive hunt continues for the gunmen whom security forces believe might be still within Sabah waters, which is about 45-minutes boat ride away from Philippines border.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said on Friday that ESSCOM personnel comprising of marine police, General operations force, special branch units, the army as well as detectives are tracking the suspects.

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