KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 (Xinhua) -- A policeman was killed and another believed to have been abducted by gunmen at Malaysia's diving haven of Mabul island off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's local English-language newspaper The Star said on Sunday.
It said marine policeman Kpl Rajah Jamuan was killed while a constable identified as Zakiah Aleip, 26, remains missing after shootout with the gunmen during an ambush at the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort on the island at about 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Sabah Police Commissioner Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the gunmen might have rowed into the area with their boat and then climbed up the resorts jetty from the back of the building.
He said the suspects were believed to be commandos or militants, who might take revenge attacks against security forces or look for victims for ransom.
A massive air and sea hunt for the gunmen is still going on, with all escape routes off Semporna having been cut off.