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Malaysia: Abductors Want $11.3M for Chinese Woman

11 April 2014

Gunmen have demanded a ransom of 500 million pesos (US$11.3 million) for the release of a Chinese tourist abducted last week from a Malaysian resort off Borneo island, a Malaysian minister said Thursday. The gunmen, believed to be Abu Sayyaf militants, kidnapped a 28-year-old Shanghai woman and a 40-year-old Filipino woman from the Singamata Reef Resort in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah on April 2. Philippine authorities believe the women were taken to the island township of Simunul in Tawi-Tawi, the Philippines’ southernmost province. Sabah, a popular tourist destination, is just a short boat ride from the southern Philippines, home to Muslim militants and kidnap gangs. —AP