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Kidnappers demand ‘10 million’ for policeman’s release, says report

Kidnappers demand ‘10 million’ for policeman’s release, says report

The kidnappers holding a marine policeman abducted from Mabul Island in Sabah last Saturday have demanded a ’10 million’ ransom, although no currency was stated, the New Straits Times reported today.

It said a day after the incident, the kidnappers made a brief call at 10.50pm, ending it by saying, “I demand 10 million”.

However, they did not say if the figure was in exchange for Constable Zakiah Alep’s release.

Quoting sources, the NST said the call was made to the Semporna marine police headquarters’ operations centre, and Zakiah was the first to speak.
An inspector who answered the call was told that the kidnappers wanted nothing less than “10 million”, without stating the currency.

The call then ended but sources told the NST that Zakiah was well and not mistreated.

“There have been several calls from Zakiah, including from his own phone to his wife, as well as the marine police operations centre. There was also a call made on Monday at 10pm from a foreign-registered number.

“We believe this was also his captors telling us that Zakiah had not been harmed, so that they will get what they want,” a source close to the ongoing investigations told the daily.

Zakiah was abducted on July 12 by gunmen who came in two speedboats fitted with additional outboard engines, while his colleague Corporal Abdul Rajah Jamuan, 32, was shot dead in an ambush at the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort.

Rajah is expected to be given a posthumous promotion to sergeant, according to the NST.

Intelligence sources told the daily that they believed the gunmen had wanted to capture policemen on duty and had been observing their duty roster.

“They came straight for them. There was a Chinese tourist from the United Kingdom whom they had by the arm, but they let him get away,” the source was quoted as saying. – July 17, 2014.

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