Abu Sayyaf team heads towards Malaysia on the hunt for kidnap targets

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre has been alerted by Malaysian intelligence that an Abu Sayyaf kidnap for ransom group left Jolo Island in the far south of the Philippines, yesterday destined for Sabah, Malaysia.

Security consultants Ambrey suggest the target area is understood to be around Felda Sahabat and Tambisan.

The group is said to be using a speedboat painted red on the top and yellow on the bottom with two 40HP outboard engines.

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.


  1. I can find no other sources on this story, not even anything from IMB. Please can you include links to your sources of information.

  2. Investigated and could not find any information at IMB or anywhere else. Where exactly I can get this from first hand? Any link?

    1. Especially to those of us based in Sabah right now. I’d not heard of Splash247 before. Is this a serious shipping news source or a joke set-up?

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