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Malaysian policeman killed in Sabah

Armed gunmen fatally shot a Malaysian policeman and kidnapped another during a shoot-out at a resort on Borneo island.

It was the latest in a spate of kidnappings in Sabah, highlighting persistent security threats in the state.

Sabah is a short boat ride from the southern Philippines, home to Muslim militants and kidnap gangs.

Abdul Rashid Haron, who heads the Eastern Sabah Security Command, says eight gunmen wearing army fatigues barged into the Mabul Water Bungalow Resort and ambushed marine police on guard there.

He says a marine policeman was killed in the shoot-out and the gunmen, who had their faces covered, fled on a boat with another officer. The boat was seen heading toward the southern Philippines.

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