A tourist from Shanghai along with A Filipino hotel worker have been safely rescued nearly two months after they were abducted from a resort in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah on April 2, according to SCMP.
Twenty-nine-year-old Gao Huayun and 40-year-old Marcy Dayawan were kidnapped by a group of gunmen, believed to be Philippine Abu Sayyaf militants, at the Singamata Reef Resort off Borneo island and dragged onto a boat. They were thought to have been taken to the southern Philippines.
Officials in Malaysia earlier said that the kidnappers had demanded 11.2 million USD ransom for Gao’s release.
“No ransom paid to secure their release. Success due to co-operation of Malaysia and Philippines security forces. I thank all involved,” Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib tweeted.
Gao was reported to be safe and it was arranged that she would be sent home to her family right away.
The whereabouts of Chinese national Yang Zailin, who was likewise kidnapped from a fish farm in Sabah at the beginning of May, are still unknown.