Abu Sayyaf hunting high-value targets along Sabah’s eastern coast

Ambrey Risk is reporting that the Eastern Sabah Security Command has issued a warning stating that a group from Islamic State-aligned Abu Sayyaf have departed Jolo Island in the south of the Philippines bound for Tawi-Tawi, with the intention of kidnapping high-value targets along Sabah’s eastern coast.

A curfew has been extended along seven eastern Sabah districts until March 27.

Abu Sayyaf militants have kidnapped many crew over recent years, seeking ransoms for their return.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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