Two Germans kidnapped in Philippine waters, says Sabah police chief
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said the alleged kidnapping occurred in Palawan waters and not Sabah’s northern Kudat as claimed by some reports.
“It has nothing to do with Sabah,” he said.
Dr Stefan Viktor Okonek, 72, and Henrite Dielen, 42, who were island-hopping in the Mindanao area was found missing from their yacht in the seas near Palawan area that neighbours Sabah’s northern Kudat.
There are suspicions that they were taken by Abu Sayyaf extremists to Jolo.
Philippines Armed Forces Western Command chief Lt Gen Roy Deveraturda had said that the Germans left Palawan on April 25 and were visiting islands in Mindanao before going to Sabah.
“Their yacht has been recovered and no one has come forward to claim responsibility,” he said, adding that the Germans were listed as missing until further information as to there whereabouts are available.
A peace advocate, Prof Octavio Dinampo, of the Mindanao State University in Sulu has claimed that the two Germans were being held in Jolo together with Chinese tourist Gao Hua Yuan, 29 and resort worker Marcy Darawan, 40, who were taken from the Singamata Resort in Semporna on April 2.
Dinampo said he was not sure if the latest victim, fish farm manager Yang Zai Lin, 34, from China, who was kidnapped off Lahad Datu on Tuesday had arrived in Jolo based on reports given to him by his sources on the island.
source: The Star
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