Kidnapped Victim Among First To Serve In ESSZone

KOTA KINABALU, July 13 (Bernama) -- The marine policeman kidnapped by a group of armed men at a resort in Pulau Mabul, Semporna last night was among the first to serve in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).

Zakria Aliep, 31, the elder brother of kidnapped victim Constable Zakia Aliep, 26, said after the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) was established following the Sulu terrorist intrusion in Lahad Datu in February last year, his brother was among the first to apply to serve at ESSZone.

"My brother saw the service under ESSCom as an opportunity to serve and return to his home state," he told Bernama when contacted here Sunday.

Zakia was believed kidnapped when a team of marine policemen were ambushed by a group of armed men at a resort in Pulau Mabul, Semporna at 11.10 pm last night in which marine police Corporal Rajah Jamuan was killed.

According to Zakria, his brother was stationed in Penang before coming back to Semporna to serve under ESSCom.

He said Zakia who was the third of six siblings, had wanted to be a policeman since young and joined the force in 2010.

Zakria said he received the news of his brother's missing from a friend at 4am this morning.

"My friend told me there was an ambush in Pulau Mabul and my brother was missing, so I contacted Zakia's wife who said my brother had not returned. Then I contacted Semporna police station to enquire on the search for my brother," he said.

According to him, his parents and family members were shocked and sad with the news and prayed for the safe return of Zakia who became a father just three months ago.

Zakria said this evening, he would be leaving with his parents and relatives from Tenghilan, about 45km from here, to Semporna which is 565 km away to check on the status on his brother.

Meanwhile, in TAWAU, a post-mortem will be carried out on the body of Rajah at Tawau Hospital at 4 pm.

According to a family member, the body will be laid to rest at Batu 3, Semporna tomorrow.

The corporal's body arrived at Tawau Hospital, about 108 km from Semporna at 12.25 pm.


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