Al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Attack Luxury Holiday Resort In Malaysia

Al-Qaeda-linked militants have stormed a luxury resort on a Malaysian island, forcing tourists to flee as the area was sprayed with machine-gun fire.

One police officer was killed in the attack and another was possibly kidnapped. No tourists are reported to have been hurt.

The Water Bungalow Resort on Mabul Island, just north-east of Borneo, was stormed by eight militants who approached the resort by boat.

Police returned fire but not before one was fatally wounded and another dragged away.

The attackers are believed to be from the Abu Sayyaf group based in the southern Philippines who have known links to Al-Qaeda.

The resort remained closed and guests were told to leave as a police team from Kuala Lumpur conducted a forensic search.

The bungalows of the resort are popular with Western tourists who come for the crystal-clear tropical waters and the snorkelling and scuba that come with them.

It is not known how many people were staying at the resort at the time but all have been accounted for.

They are understood to have been moved to other island resorts or to the mainland.

The dead police officer has been named as 32-year-old Corporal Abdul Rajah Jamuan while his captured colleague is Constable Zakiah Aleip.