Gunmen shot dead a Taiwanese tourist and kidnapped his wife in a raid on the resort of Pulau Pom Pom off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah arrived in a pump boat about 1AM Friday.

Initial reports indicate that gunmen landed on the water villas of Pom Pom Island Resort and Spa and ransacked three of six villas including the one occupied by the victim Lim Min Hsu, 57, and his wife An Wei Chang, 58.

At the time of the raid, there were 48 tourists and staff on the island, but it could not be ascertained if all of them have been accounted for.

It is believed that the gunmen ransacked three of the six water villas in the resort.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the incident was caused by local pirate, although local papers have suggested that those behind the incident are from the Philippines.