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Manila again warns of imminent Sayyaf kidnap
Published on: Saturday, July 04, 2020
By: Nikko Fabian
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Kota Kinabalu: The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has again warned of a possible kidnap-for-ransom attempt by the Abu Sayyaf  terrorist group in Sabah and vessels in the Celebes sea area.

On  July  2 , the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Roberry Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP ISC) received information from the Philippine Coast Guard (ReCAAP Focal Point) that five members of the Abu Sayyaf  were sighted in Barangay Sipangkot, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi on a speedboat with white with yellow and orange stripes powered by 250HP Yamaha engine.

“As of June 30, the plan to carry out kidnapping in Sabah and Semporna targeting foreigners and the abduction of crew from ships passing by the Tawi-Tawi and Sabah waters still stands,” PCG reiterated.

Ship masters and crew are strongly urged to exercise extra vigilance when transiting the waters off Eastern Sabah and in the Sulu-Celebes Seas, the statement added.

“This information is to provide maritime situational awareness for mariners operating in the area,” ReCAAP ISC stated.

Abu Sayyaf have periodically  targeted  seafarers for kidnap in Sulu and Celebes sea areas. Generally, the group targeted smaller vessels although it had attacked larger merchant vessels sailing between Australia and China as well.


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