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Kidnappers demand ransom of US$11m for Shanghai tourist

A ransom of 500 million pesos (US$11.27 million) has been made for the release of the Shanghai tourist who was kidnapped from a resort off Semporna last week, Malaysia-based newspaper The Star reported today.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zaidi Hamidi was quoted as saying that Malaysia has sent a team to discuss this latest development with the "middle person" involved in the hostage negotiations, according to the report.

"We have received a note that the kidnappers have asked for 500 million pesos as ransom.”

On April 2, Shanghai tourist Gao Huayun, 29, and Filipina resort worker Marcy Darawan, 40, were abducted from the Singamata Reef Resort in Semporna by seven gunmen believed linked to the Abu Sayyaf militant group.


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