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Cop alive but location unknown, says IGP
Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Semporna: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the family of 26-year-old Constable Zakia Aleip, believed kidnapped by eight gunmen at Pulau Mabul on Saturday, has not received any call or demand from any party so far.

Khalid said Zakia called his wife, Sharifah Erna Berson, on Sunday, to inform that he is safe. However, police have yet to determine his location.

According to him, police have monitored the closed circuit television recording at the scene and further investigations are being carried out.

"We are sure that there are masterminds from the nearby area who are providing information to our enemyÉ we are investigating this," he said after visiting the family of the late Cpl Ab Rajah Jamuan at Kg. Bubul, here.

Khalid hoped the people would not make speculations even though there are quite a number of criminal attempts of late. "We believe that the criminals intended to stage another kidnap but as usual they failed to do so and ended up attacking our security enforcement," he said, adding that revenge might be a factor for their act which claimed the life of a policeman.

Sharifah can only hope and pray Zakia could return home for Hari Raya.

"He did not get any leave this time around but we planned to spend some time together with our baby," she said of four-month-old Mohd Hisham Izzuddin.

"Everytime he's at home he would take care of Hisham and play with him," she said holding back tears when met at their quarters at Taman Nilam near here.

Sharifah will soon be leaving for Tenghilan in Tuaran to stay with her in-laws, for the time being and keep her company as she wait for developments on her missing husband.

The 32-year-old Cpl Ab Rajah who left behind a 26-year-old wife, Salamah Amad and a one-year-old son Khairine Zafran, was shot dead in an ambush at a resort on Mabul island at about 11.10pm. Zakia went missing and is suspected to have been abducted by the armed men who are believed to be Filipino militants.

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