KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say that armed men have kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a seaside resort in the east of the country.

The attackers took the two away by boat following the raid late Wednesday night in the Semporna district of Sabah state.

Insurgents in the nearby islands of the southern Philippines have carried out similar kidnappings for ransom against tourists in the region before.

A Malaysian security official forwarded a police report about the incident at the Singamata Reef Resort on Sabah state.

It says the Chinese victim is a 28-year-old woman from Shanghai.

A receptionist at the hotel declined to comment.