Abu Sayyaf attacks continue
Aby Sayyaf attacks continue.
Third Tug Attacked by Pirates in Sulu Sea
On Friday, the towing vessel TB Henry was hijacked and four of her crewmembers kidnapped off of Lahad Datu, Malaysia, near the intersection of Indonesian, Malaysian and Philippine waters. The attackers have not been definitively identified, but officials suspect militants associated with the designated terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. The kidnapping was the third in two weeks.
The tugboat TB Henry and her 10 crewmembers had finished delivering a cargo of coal to the island of Cebu. They were making the 500 nm return trip to Tarakan, North Kalimantan, Indonesia, when pirates attacked their vessel in the region of Tawi-Tawi, the southernmost point of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Philippines – the same area as the previous two hijackings.
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