SE Asia: piracy hotbed

Abu Sayyaf Group win region the dubious title.

Southeast Asia: World piracy hotbed

JAKARTA – Sembara Oktafian was in the engine room of a tugboat chugging toward the Philippines when something didn’t sound right.

There was shouting on deck, and shots. Gunmen had boarded, and their message was clear: Come with us, or we will kill you. They shot one crew member and kidnapped four others.

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