Aug 30, 2013

    Fishermen abducted briefly near Sipadan

    GUNMEN from the Philippines abducted 11 Malaysian fishermen briefly this week near the internationally renowned scuba-diving destination of Sipadan island, officials said yesterday.

    The incident late on Tuesday highlighted continued security concerns along the coast of Sabah, which was wracked by a bloody incursion by Islamist guerillas from the Philippines earlier this year.

    The armed men were believed to be bandits or smugglers, said Mr Mohamad Mantek, an Immigration Department official who oversees security in eastern Sabah.