Herna Hasim (pix) said she was dumbfounded when she heard all sorts of rumours, including that the suspect was her husband and her daughter’s father. NSTP/Photo courtesy of Herna Hasim

KOTA KINABALU: The mother of a two-year-old girl who was taken hostage at the Taman Telipok Ria flats in Tuaran, yesterday, has rubbished claims that the suspect is related to the family.

Herna Hasim, 28, said she was dumbfounded when she heard all sorts of rumours, including that the suspect was her husband and her daughter’s father.

“I don’t know the man and I’ve never met him,” she said at the Women and Children Hospital in Likas, here, today.

“It hurts me when people say these things.

“Even my husband doesn’t know him. We believe he is not a resident of Telipok Ria.”

Herna urged the public to stop spreading rumours.

About 1pm yesterday, a man grabbed Nur Tissya Abdullah, 2, at knife point and took her inside a flat unit on the fourth floor.

Police tried to persuade the suspect to release the girl.

But, he refused and tried to throw her out of the window, prompting police to open fire. He was killed on the spot.

The girl, who sustained neck and leg injuries, was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

Herna said her daughter was doing fine and could speak.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said police had retrieved a handphone from the suspect.

“We will look into his call in and call out record, as well as his friends,” he said.

“What is sure, the residents don’t know him.

“We have also taken his fingerprints for further investigation.”