State police commissioner, Datuk Hamza Taib when contacted by BERNAMA, said the release of the Chinese tourist and Filipina resort worker was the result of cooperation between Malaysian and Filipino police.
“They arrived here (Kota Kinabalu), at 10.30am Friday,” he said.
However, he declined to reveal the current location of the two victims.
On April 2, a group of seven armed men kidnapped Chinese tourist Gao Hua Yuan, 29, from Shanghai, and Filipino resort employee, Marcy Dayawan, 40, from the Singamata Adventures and Reef Resort at about 10.30pm.
The kidnappers were reported to have demanded a ransom of RM36.4 million (US$11 million) in exchange for releasing Gao.
Following the incident, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi ordered the tightening of security control in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) and sending of additional assets there.
Earlier, BERNAMA had reported the Sabah police commissioner as saying that Sabah police had detained four people, including three women, to assist in the investigation.
“Two women were detained at the resort where the kidnapping took place, while another woman and a man were detained in a village in Semporna,” he said.
However, it was later learnt that the two released kidnap victims had arrived at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) from Sandakan at about 10.05pm, under strict security by plainclothes police.
Journalists and photographers who gathered at the arrival hall only realised their presence when they got into three red cars which were waiting outside the airport building.
The press scrambled towards the cars but failed to get near the victims who were well-guarded and as soon as they got in, the vehicles shot off for an unknown destination.
One of the victims was seen wearing a green blouse and a dark cap, with her hair let loose.
It is understood that the two victims will leave for Kuala Lumpur early Saturday. –BERNAMA