ASG behind crew kidnap

Confirmation that ASG abducted crew.

Abu Sayyaf kidnapped 5 sailors, Malaysia says

Malaysia’s police chief said Tuesday that five tugboat crew missing since last week were abducted by the militant group Abu Sayyaf, which is notorious for repeated kidnappings in waters between Malaysia and the Philippines.

The five Malaysians were kidnapped from their vessel on July 18 off the coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters.

“The five tugboat crew have been kidnapped by the kidnap-for-ransom group from the southern Philippines,” he said, confirming reports that had emerged over the past week.

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