Police yet to receive any ransom demand from Indonesian fishermen’s abductors


Datuk Omar Mammah

KOTA KINABALU: Police have not received any ransom demand on the kidnapping of three Indonesian fishermen off Lahad Datu near the border of Southern Philippines yesterday.

State Commissioner of Police Datuk Omar Mammah said at the moment, the Sabah police have not received any calls from the kidnappers, believed to have link with Abu Sayyaf militants.

He said the three victims, in their 20s and 30s, were abducted by seven armed masked men in two pump boats with machine guns around 10am yesterday.

“The kidnappers initially robbed a fishing boat with four people on board.

“After robbing them of their valuables, the kidnappers then proceed to the second fishing boat where the three victims were on,” he said.

The three fishermen are believed to have been taken to an island somewhere in the Philippines.

In noting that investigation is still being carried out, Omar said they are assisting their Philippine counterparts in the case.