Kidnapping turns violent

Not known whether Abu Sayyaf affiliates were behind the attacks.

Sabah maritime kidnapping, looting ends in bloody shootout; Three dead, two missing

By Kristy Inus

SEMPORNA: The most beautiful waters in the world were the unlikely setting for an orgy of violence, and a deadly confrontation between bloodthirsty, modern-day pirates and fearless law enforcement personnel here last night.

Seven armed bandits in a speedboat took to the waters of Lahad Datu and Semporna and engaged in wanton hijacking, theft, kidnapping and murder on a scale never before seen here, with the crew of fishing trawlers taking the brunt of their brutality.

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