Copycat kidnappers?

Kidnapping claims have drawn ‘red flags’ among the investigators.

Sabah police: Latest ‘kidnapping’ not ala Abu Sayyaf


KOTA KINABALU: The latest claims of a kidnapping of a fishing trawler skipper in Sabah’s east coast Kinabatangan waters – the third in a month- have puzzled the police as it did not fit the modus operandi of cross border kidnap for ransom groups.

Investigators are wondering if copycats might be adopting the modus operandi of the notorious southern Philippines-based kidnap groups linked to the militant Abu Sayyaf.

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