Kidnapped fishermen believed to be in southern Philippines

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KOTA KINABALU: Two fishermen who were abducted in the waters off Semporna on Sept 11 are believed to have been taken to southern Philippines.

Sabah police commissioner Omar Mammah said it was understood that the victims were taken to a place known as Talipau, in the south of the country.

“We are still working with the Philippine security forces to track down the suspects and victims,” he told reporters here today.

Omar also said that he had not received any calls from the suspects nor the victims for claims of ransom money.

The two Indonesians were kidnapped by two armed men while fishing in the waters off Pulau Gaya, Semporna, at about 12.30am on Sept 11.

In the incident, the two crew members of the fishing boat managed to escape by hiding in a space in the boat.