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Kidnappers demand ransom for 3 Indonesian fishermen

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Kidnappers have demanded ransom for the safe release of three Indonesian fishermen who were seized by masked gunmen off Sabah in Malaysia, reports said Thursday.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah confirmed the reports and said the kidnappers were demanding ransom, but he did not say how much the gunmen were asking.

He said Filipino authorities also confirmed the ransom demand for the trio, namely Samiun Maniu, 27; Maharudin Lunani, 48; and Muhammas Farhan, 27, who were kidnapped near Tambisan Island off Lahad Datu town on September 23.

“I can confirm that a call has been made by the KFR group to one of the victim’s family member,” Mamah was quoted as saying by the Borneo Post.

There was no immediate statement from the Philippine military or police about the ransom demand, but Mamah had previously said the hostages were taken by their captors to Tawi-Tawi.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but Malaysian authorities suspect the pro-Islamic State Abu Sayyaf group was behind it.

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