Police looking to extradite Abu Sayyaf militants to Malaysia on kidnapping charges

OLIVIA MIWIL

KOTA KINABALU: Police might request for Abu Sayyaf militants, detained in the Philippines, to be extradited to Malaysia for kidnapping charges in Sabah.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said arrest warrants have been issued for several of the Abu Sayyaf leaders who are in the police's wanted list for involvement in cross border crimes.

"Police will also continue to work with Philippines authority in terms of information sharing. We will also put pressure from our side by placing more security forces at the borders to tackle crimes," he said after delivering talk during Ceo@faculty at Universiti Malaysia Sabah here.

Earlier in his talk, Khalid mentioned there have been 20 kidnappings and five attempts involving 33 locals and 31 foreigners in Sabah waters between 2000 and 2016.

Philippines had last month killed several Abu Sayyaf key leaders including Apo Mike, and last week its commander, Abu Rami, who was involved in the beheadings of two Canadians and a German.

Khalid said the Abu Sayyaf group should be wary of entering Malaysian waters with Philippines' offensive operation and pressure from Malaysia with tighter border security and more personnel.