Kidnapped fishermen found safe in Thailand

Langkawi district police chief Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim says the rescued fishermen are at the Satun police station in southern Thailand. (Bernama pic)

LANGKAWI: Four local fishermen who were abducted by a group of armed men in the waters off Pulau Langgun here yesterday, have been rescued and are now with Thai police, authorities say.

“So far, all four fishermen are found safe. They are now at the Satun police station (in southern Thailand),” Langkawi district police chief Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim said.

However, it could not be ascertained whether the authorities had detained other suspects involved in the abduction.

In the 8am incident, 11 fishermen from Kampung Kilim here were robbed by 12 Thai gunmen near Pulau Langgun.

A team from the Marine Operations Force had rescued seven fishermen and detained four of the suspects.

One of the boats, carrying the remaining suspects and the four Malaysian fishermen, escaped into Thai waters.