Abu Sayyaf linked with another kidnapping

Abu Sayyaf linked with another kidnapping

Philippine militant group Abu Sayyaf is strongly linked with the kidnapping of four Malaysian crew on Friday night. Eight Filipino gunmen in a speedboat boarded the Malaysian flagged tugboat Massive 6 off the east coast of Sabah and took four men hostage, heading back towards Philippine waters.

Abu Sayyaf has yet to comment on the kidnapping. Last Monday the group kidnapped 10 Indonesian crewmembers from a Taiwanese tugboat and are demanding $1m in ransom.

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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