Taiwanese tourist seized in Sabah, freed in Sulu

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Taiwanese tourist kidnapped on a posh island resort off the Malaysian state of Sabah was freed by her captors in the province of Sulu, police said Saturday.

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Chang An Wei, 58, was released near the village of Liban in Talipao town and eventually recovered by civilians who informed local authorities about the woman, who was later brought to a military hospital in the capital town of Jolo province.

It was not immediately known how much ransom was paid to the kidnappers believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf.

The woman was kidnapped on November 15 by gunmen who also shot dead the victim’s husband Hsu Li Min, 57, in a daring cross-border raid in Sabah’s Pom Pom Island and fled towards Pulau Mataking near the province of Tawi-Tawi.

Malaysian authorities were investigating the possible in-volvement of locals in planning the raid.

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