|Malaysian policemen patrol near the site of kidnapping in Sabah State, Malaysia on April 3, 2014. China on Thursday appealed to Malaysian police to rescue a Chinese national abducted on Wednesday night by unknown gunmen in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah. (Xinhua)
BEIJING, April 3 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday appealed to Malaysian police to rescue a Chinese national abducted on Wednesday night by unknown gunmen in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily press briefing that the ministry and the consulate-general in Kuching were extremely concerned by the abduction and had immediately sent staff to the site.
China urged local police to conduct a rescue operation, ensure the abductee's safety, and take measures to protect other Chinese tourists, said Hong. Malaysia confirmed Thursday that a Chinese tourist and a Filipino resort worker were abducted by a group of unknown gunmen from Pulau Singahmata near Pulau Bum-Bum in Semporna, state of Sabah of Malaysia at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Military launches search for kidnap victims in S. Philippines
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine Navy said Thursday that it has deployed its watercraft in the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi to search for a female Chinese tourist and a Filipino resort staff who were kidnapped in Sabah, Malaysia.
Capt. Ma. Rowena Muyuela, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Western Mindanao Command, said the naval search was launched after they were alerted by their Malaysian counterpart about the abduction of a 29-year-old female tourist from Shanghai, China, and a Filipino 40-year-old resort worker. Full story
Suspects involving Sabah kidnap believed in Philippine waters: Malaysian Police
KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The suspects that involved in the Semporna resort kidnap in Sabah State are believed in the Philippine waters, local police said on Thursday during a press conference held in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of the state of Sabah of Malaysia.
Datuk Hamza Taib, Sabah Police Commissioner, confirmed that the group of armed men are no longer in Semporna or within Sabah. Full story
Sabah kidnap could be deliberate act to sour Sino-Malaysia ties: Malaysian PM
KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The Semporna resort kidnap in Sabah State could be a deliberate act to sour Sino-Malaysian ties, local press The Star quoted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as saying on Thursday.
The PM made that statement after a bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott in Perth, Australia. Full story
Philippines coordinating with Malaysia over Sabah abduction
KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Philippine authorities were coordinating with Malaysian side in exchanging information and in working towards the resolution of the abduction case in Semporna in Malaysia's state of Sabah, according to a Thursday statement from the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
The Philippine police authorities in nearby areas had been alerted. Full story
Massive operation carried out to hunt for abductors in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Xinhua) -- A massive operation has been carried out to hunt for a group of armed men who abducted a Chinese tourist and a Filipino resort worker in Semporna of Malaysia's state of Sabah, local newspaper New Straits Times reported Thursday.
The report quoted an anonymous boatman as saying that vessels with uniformed men had been deployed out to sea since last night. Full story
Chinese consul-general meets Malaysian officials over alleged abduction of Chinese tourist
KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government on Thursday expressed its concerns over the alleged abduction of a Chinese tourist in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah.
Liu Quan, the consul-general in Kuching, has had an urgent meeting with Sabah's Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun and State Police Commissioner Hamza Taib. Full story