Sabah police believe photo shows kidnapped tourist still alive

Tourists take cover on the floor next to an overturned table as armed men occupy a resort near Semporna, in Sabah, April 2, 2014. — Reuters pic
Tourists take cover on the floor next to an overturned table as armed men occupy a resort near Semporna, in Sabah, April 2, 2014. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — Police are confident a Chinese tourist abducted from a Semporna resort here is still alive after her captors sent them a photograph of her, The Star reported on its website today.

 

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib confirmed receiving a photo of Chinese national Gao Huayun, 28, but declined to reveal when the photo was taken or the time it was received.

Gao, 29-year-old Shanghainese, and Marcy Dayawan, a 40-year-old Filipina receptionist from the Singamata Reef Resort near Semporna, were nabbed from the resort on April 2 after a group of gunmen stormed the venue.

Last week, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had confirmed receiving a ransom note demanding RM36.4 million in exchange for the Chinese tourist.

The Abu Sayyaf, which is a small band of Filipino militants known for abductions for ransom, are the suspected perpetrators.

Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen also abducted a Taiwanese tourist last November from Pulau Pom Pom, off Sabah’s east coast, killing her husband during the abduction.

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