Fisherman abducted by Abu Sayyaf off Sabah waters killed in shoot-out

Sabah police chief Hazani Ghazali says the shoot-out took place on Basilan island in the Philippines.

KOTA KINABALU: An Indonesian fisherman who was among five people abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants in the waters off Lahad Datu, Sabah, has been killed in a shoot-out between the group and Filipino authorities.

Speaking to FMT, Sabah police chief Hazani Ghazali confirmed the death of the fisherman, whose identity has yet to be ascertained.

“The victim is believed to have been shot,” he said, adding he died on Sept 28 following the shoot-out on the island of Basilan in the Philippines.

On Jan 16, five fishermen, identified as Arsyad Dahlan, 41; La Baa, 32; Riswanto Hayano, 27; Edi Lawalopo, 53; and Syarizal Kastamiran, 29, were abducted by armed gunmen off Lahad Datu waters.

Their vessel was found deserted the following day off Tangusu Bay in Lahad Datu.