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Esscom: Kidnappers now targeting fishing boats and trawlers

Alyaa Azhar  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Kidnapping for ransom groups have started targeting tug boats and fishing trawlers in Sabah's east coast, due to increased security measures in islands famed for tourism, said the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom).

Esscom Intelligence deputy director Hassim Justin said the increased presence of assets and personnel at popular islands, such as Mabul and Sipadan have caused kidnappers to change their targets.

"Holiday-goers are safe," Hassim told a press conference in Tawau, Sabah, today...

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