An alleged cross-border kidnapper has been shot dead by Malaysian security forces off of Sabah’s east coast early this morning.
Police believe that the man, who was armed, is part of a new cross-border kidnapping group that has sprung up in the wake of unrelenting operations against the Abu Sayyaf group and its hostage-taking associates.
The incident occurred in the waters near Lahad Datu at 3:00am, and no further details regarding the incident have been made available at this time. A press conference held by the Eastern Sabah Security Command is scheduled for 2:00pm later today.
The Star reports that while there have been no kidnappings this year in Malaysia, intelligence reports from October have indicated that groups are planning to launch fresh attacks on Sabah’s waters.