However, police have not been informed of the amount of ransom demanded.
Rilwan Abdulla received death threats from the group operating under the name Bilad-al-Sham on Facebook.
Police say the case is still classified as a missing person case.
A preliminary inquiry has shown politicised public safety bodies to be under-funded, short-staffed and insufficiently trained.
A mechanic from south Romania has confessed to killing Alexandra Macesanu, who went missing on July 24, and another 18-year-old girl last seen in April.
State tourism official says cautionary travel advisories by several countries have made travel agents wary.
French prosecutors say they are pushing for a six-month suspended prison sentence for a Saudi Arabian princess in a case involving the beating of a workman in her luxury flat in Paris.
Hassa binti Salman will face a trial in absentia on charges of violence against a man who was carrying out repairs at her father's posh Avenue Foch in France.
Philippine security forces claim no more held hostage with rescue of nine fishermen yesterday but some witnesses claim 11 people were kidnapped.
A former assistant minister whose boat ATB 2 personnel intercepted in April says he can see no reason for their failure to detect a boat full of gunmen.
Further discussions are ongoing with the Philippine authorities as the victims have no documents.
Police say 6 of those arrested are foreigners, who were spared by the armed kidnappers yesterday.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew says Sabah cannot afford to jeopardise its booming tourism industry and is all for the relocation of the army base to the east coast following Tuesday’s kidnapping incident.
Kidnap-for-ransom groups usually target locals, tourists and business people but the latest victims are stateless foreign fishermen.
UNHCR card holder accused of kidnapping fellow Syrian near Tanjung Tokong food outlet for RM100,000 ransom.
Chief Minister Shafie Apdal says security assets should be deployed in areas prone to cross-border crimes, not for political reasons but for national security.
The pair were attacked in southern Rivers state last week while returning from an official trip to Bayelsa state.
Kidnapping in Nigeria's oil-rich south, has long been a security challenge, where wealthy locals and expatriate workers are often abducted.
Malaysia’s inclusion on travel advisory follows concerns about potential kidnapping or hostage-taking in certain areas of eastern Sabah.
The lawyer-activist says the report appears to merely justify police action in the case where she was accused of kidnapping.
It is not known whether a ransom was paid for his release.
They stand accused of organizing the kidnapping on December 8 of a 14-year-old girl and her brother, 12, in the village of Woodridge.
Police are trying to ascertain if anyone had been kidnapped from another boat that the suspects boarded after shooting the tugboat skipper.
The kidnappings were the first such mass abductions seen in Cameroon and coincide with an upsurge of political tensions in the majority French-speaking country.