Suspected Abus release kidnapped Malaysian cop PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 March 2015 14:53

A Malaysian maritime policeman was released on Saturday, eight months after he was seized by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in the state of Sabah, Malaysia.

Lance Corporal Zakia Aleip, who was abducted in Pulau Mabul, Semporna, Sabah on July last year, was released Saturday, the state-run Philippines News Agency (PNA) quoted Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman as saying..

Zakia’s released was announced at a press conference, attended by Zakia, who arrived in Sandakan Saturday morning from southern Philippines, by boat.

“We are thankful to the Almighty because as a result of the continued efforts by the government through negotiations, family prayers and patience, he was freed. “I express my appreciation and gratitude to our security forces who have been making every effort to ensure Zakia’s freedom,” Musa said.

Musa said he had contacted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to inform him of the development.

Musa said Najib expressed joy on Zakia’s freedom and thanked the security forces in their “tireless efforts to release Zakia.”

As the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) and State Security Committee chairman, Musa called on the security forces to always be on the alert in any situation.

This was to ensure the safety and security of the Sabah people and protecting them from any security threat, he said.

Zakia, 26, was seized after suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked a marine police unit at a resort in Pulau Mabul at around 11.10 p.m on July 12.

His colleague Corporal Ab. Rajah Jamuan, 32, was killed in the attack.

The Malaysia-Philippines border is a maritime boundary located in the South China, Sulu and Celebes Seas. It separates  the Malaysian state of Sabah, which is on the island of Borneo, and the Sulu Islands of the southern Philippines.

Sempornah is some 375 kilometers from Tawi-Tawi province, the southern tip of the Philippines.