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4 Malaysians reportedly seized

The Abu Sayyaf Group reportedly abducted four Malaysians in Sabah and taken to Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi Wednesday.

Tawi-Tawi police are now verifying the incident.

“I have already sent men to verify this report but it is still negative as of this time,” said Senior Supt. Elizalde Quibuyen, Tawi-Tawi police chief, yesterday.

Senior Supt. Wilfredo Cayat, Sulu police chief, said they are also checking if the hostages were taken to the province.

Major Filemon Tan, spokesman of the Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command, said they have no reports on the kidnapping.

The incident came as the military and the police intensified operations against the ASG in Sulu. The ASG have beheaded two Canadians, Robert Hall and John Ridsdel, after they failed to pay ransom.

The al-Qaeda linked group had also abducted Malaysians and Indonesians a few months ago. They were all released allegedly after paying ransom. (Aaron B. Recuenco)