ReCAAP reports on kidnappings

Ongoing kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf Group focus of report.

ReCAAP ISC Special Report on Abduction of Crew from Ships in Waters Off Eastern Sabah and Southern Philippines

THE ReCAAP ISC states that it is concerned with the spate of incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships while underway in waters off eastern Sabah and southern Philippines which occurred since March 2016.

A Special Report on ‘Abducting of Crew from Tug Boats in Waters off Eastern Sabah and Southern Philippines’ was published by the ReCAAP ISC on 22 April 2016.

This Special Report (Part II) provides an update of the situation, focuses on the modus operandi of the perpetrators, status of the abducted crew and actions carried out by the littoral States and the ReCAAP ISC.

Situation Update 

Between March till July 2016, the ReCAAP Focal Point (Philippines) reported to the ReCAAP ISC a total of six incidents occurred on board five tug boats towing barges and one fishing trawler. Of these, one occurred in March 2016 (Brahma 12), two in April 2016 (Massive 6 and Henry), one in June 2016 (Charles 00) and two in July 2016 (unnamed fishing trawler and Serudong 3). The abducted crew of Brahma 12, Massive 6 and Henry had been released after ransom was believed to have been paid to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). See map below on the location of the six incidents, and refer to Annex A (See Full Report) for description of the incidents.

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