Kidnapped Chinese tourist returns home to family

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The Chinese tourist who was kidnapped in April from a resort in Sabah arrived in Kuala Lumpur today, according to the Chinese Consulate in Malaysia.

Miss Gao Haoyun, 29, was released by her Abu Sayyaf kidnappers on Friday. 

According to Malaysian newspaper The Star, a security official said that with the help of their Philippines counterparts, two Malaysian officers were sent to the southern Philippine island of Jolo to escort the Chinese national as well as the Filipina who was also abducted in April. 

Police said Miss Gao caught a connecting flight to Shanghai from Kuala Lumpur at 9am this morning. 

"We have arranged for her (Gao) to meet her family there as soon as possible. She already left this morning," said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

"As for the Filipina, we will see first as we are still checking her documents."

An official from the Chinese Consulate in Malaysia told Xinhua that there was no problem with the girl’s health condition.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on his Twitter account that there was no ransom paid to secure the two victims’ release.

The two women were abducted by a group of gunmen from a resort in Semporna, Sabah on April 2.

Sources: The Star, Xinhua