ZAMBOANGA CITY: Authorities in Sabah continue to search for two Malaysians abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen at a popular restaurant in Sandakan.
The Malaysian Insider, quoting police sources, has reported that the gunmen and their captives–Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, manager of Ocean King Seafood Restaurant; and customer Bernard Ghen Ted Fen, 39–may have crossed into Mindanao in southern Philippines.
There were four gunmen who raided the restaurant on the evening of May 14 and seized the two Malaysians.
Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has urged owners of businesses along Sabah’s troubled eastern seaboard to install surveillance cameras at their premises.
He said images taken from surveillance cameras could assist police and other law-enforcement agencies in identifying perpetrators.
“There are no laws to force them to install [closed circuit television cameras], so I am appealing to them [business owners],” Jaafar added.
No individual or group claimed responsibility for the abduction but the Malaysian online news site The Star also reported that two siblings Nilson Muktadil, who is in his 30s, and Badong, alias Adzmil Muktadil, in his 40s, were believed to be behind the latest abduction.
Malaysian news site The Star reported that the Muktadil brothers—who are natives of southern Philippine—were born to a life of violent crime, specializing in cross-border kidnapping.
The brothers were part of a Tawi-Tawi island-based kidnap-for-ransom group.
Nilson had lived in Kampung Bangau-Bangau and was believed to be involved in the April 2 kidnapping of Chinese tourist Gao Huayun, 29, and Filipino worker Marcy Dayawan, 40.
Malaysia said there have been no contacts with the abductors and Philippine authorities up to now have not released any statement about the latest intrusion in Sabah, which is near the Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi.