Abu Sayyaf return hijacked tug, crew still held captive

Abu Sayyaf return hijacked tug, crew still held captive

Abu Sayyaf militants have returned the tugboat Massive 6 to owners Highline Shipping 12 days after it was taken off Sabah. Four Malaysian crew, abducted by the Philippine militant group, have yet to be released however, although local media suggests the crew are safe.

The tug was attacked while hauling a barge of coal on April 1 near Pulau Ligitan.

Abu Sayyaf have also 10 Indonesian hostages from another tugboat attack 16 days ago.

 

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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