KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A security official says armed gunmen fatally shot a Malaysian policeman and kidnapped another during a shootout at a resort on Borneo island.

It was the latest in a spate of kidnappings in Sabah, highlighting persistent security threats in the state. Sabah is a short boat ride from the southern Philippines, home to Muslim militants and kidnap gangs.

Abdul Rashid Haron, who heads the Eastern Sabah Security Command, says eight gunmen wearing army fatigues barged into the Mabul Water Bungalow Resort late Saturday and ambushed marine police on guard there.

He says a marine policeman was killed in the shootout and the gunmen, who had their faces covered, fled on a boat with another officer. He says the boat was seen heading toward the southern Philippines.