Freed! Boat Owner Kidnapped By Abu Sayyaf On Tuesday – Reports

The boat owner arrived in Lahad Datu Saturday morning and is now being questioned by police.
The boat owner arrived in Lahad Datu Saturday morning and is now being questioned by police.

KOTA KINABALU: A Malaysian man, abducted off Semporna waters by gunmen on Sept 27, has been freed.

Sabah police confirmed that Ruslan Nasir Sarapin, 39, arrived in Lahad Datu at 7am Saturday.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun was quoted by NST Online as saying that they are still getting details on the event.

“It is learnt that Ruslan is now with the police at the Lahad Datu police headquarters.

“It is unclear as to how he was rescued but we will record his statement to facilitate investigation,” he said when met at the Istana Negeri here.

Ruslan was the owner of a fishing boat stormed by gunmen about 9.30pm on Thursday.

Ruslan, from Lahad Datu, was the only one who held a Malaysian identity card from the 27 people onboard the fishing vessel.

The abduction was the latest recorded incident in Sabah waters, which has seen a staggering rise in the number of abductions and sea robberies.