World Bulletin / News Desk
A Filipino worker and a Chinese fish breeder abducted from Malaysia on Monday are suspected to be the latest victims of Abu-Sayyaf militants.
The victims - identified by Malaysian media as Mazlan, 20, and Chan Sai Chiun, 32 - were abducted from Kunak on the east coast of Sabah by two men armed with rifles.
The gunmen, believed to be Filipinos, are reported to have fled across the border with their victims to the southern Philippines in a speedboat.
The incident came two months after armed men kidnapped a Filipina resort worker and a Chinese tourist from a floating resort in Sabah, Malaysia. They were rescued May 30.
On May 6, five gunmen also abducted a fish farm manager in Pulau Baik, in Malaysia.
The area is around 200 miles from the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf stronghold of Jolo in the southern Philippines. For years the group have used islands between the Philippines and Malaysia as their base, kidnapping foreigners, and launching attacks on Philippines armed forces.
Two European bird-watchers were abducted in the Philippines southern island province of Tawi-Tawi sometime in February 2012, and two German nationals who went missing near Palawan in the last week of April are also believed to be held by the militant group in the jungles of Sulu.
The Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for the kidnapping of 21 people, including several foreign tourists, from another Sabah diving resort in 2000.
Twenty of those hostages were released within five months, reportedly after huge ransoms were paid.Last Mod: 16 Haziran 2014, 10:46