UPDATE: 5 fishermen confimed missing feared kidnapped, 3 others 'spared'
Published on: Saturday, January 18, 2020
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LAHAD DATU: Eastern Sabah Security Command chief Datuk Hazani Ghazali clarified that five, not eight as previously reported, Indonesian fishermen went missing and are feared to have been kidnapped in Tambisan Island waters off Lahad Datu on Thursday.

Hazani on Saturday told Astro Wani that eight men had boarded the fishing boat before five of them are believed to have been kidnapped between 9pm and 10pm.

Esscom is currently collecting information from the three spared fishermen, Hazani said without elaborating on how the five went missing.

Earlier, it was reported that eight fishermen went missing on Friday in the waters where three Indonesians were abducted by gunmen from their fishing boat in September last year. The trio have been rescued by the Philippine military from their Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu.

An Indonesian news site on Friday reported the boat in the latest incident has a registration number SSK.00543F and a skipper named Arsyad Abdullah who has a Malaysian government-issued identification document numbered AS 342119.

“During the incident, the boat had a letter authorising it to carry out fishing activities from Jan 6 to 21, 2020,” reported antaranews.com.

* This is a developing story



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