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Hostages taken in Borneo resort

Up to six people are reported to have been kidnapped from a tourist resort in eastern Malaysia. A police official said the captives, three Filipinos and three Indonesians, had been seized from a resort island on the northern coast of Borneo. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, although Malaysia’s national police chief said the kidnappers were believed to be local Malaysians, possibly pirates. But hostages have been taken from the area before by Islamic rebels from the nearby southern Philippines. Philippine army chief of staff General Narciso Abaya said he was checking the reported kidnappings, and his forces near the Malaysian border had been placed on alert. The kidnap victims are said to have been taken late on Sunday night, from the Borneo Paradise Resort, which runs a summer camp for children. About 10 armed men, some wearing camouflage fatigues, forced the hostages into a boat before taking them away, said Police Inspector-General Norian Mai. Full Story

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