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Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Indonesian fishermen were kidnapped by armed men on September 11 in the waters off Semporna, a town in Malaysian state of Sabah.

Acting police chief Omar Mammah said the victims include Captain Samsul Saguni, 40, and assistant Usman Yunus, 35. Four fishermen were on the fishing vessel when the incident took place, two of them fled.

An initial probe showed that the masked kidnappers were carrying M16 rifles and believed to be members of KFR rebel force and have links with Abu Sayah rebel force.

The police are hunting down for kidnappers.

This is the first kidnapping to take place in Sabah in two years.

On December 8, 2016, a kidnapping by a group of armed men occurred in the waters off Semporna, leaving three of the men dead and two others arrested in a shooting with public security forces.-VNA