Malaysia: 2 more Indonesian fishermen abducted

Earlier this month, two Indonesian boat skippers were abducted off Sabah.

By: AP | Kuala Lumpur | Published:November 20, 2016 4:33 pm

Malaysian authorities say another two Indonesian fishermen have been abducted by armed men off eastern Sabah state on Borneo island, the latest in a spate of sea attacks.

Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid, who heads Sabah’s security center, says five masked men armed with long rifles raided a fishing trawler yesterday. He told local media today that the men destroyed the boat’s communications system and stole hand phones and money before kidnapping the skipper and his assistant.

He said another 11 crew members were rescued by passing boats. Earlier this month, two Indonesian boat skippers were abducted off Sabah. Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines, which is near Sabah, are responsible for many attacks at sea. The militants hold more than a dozen foreign and local hostages.