Third tug attacked in same SE Asian area in the space of a fortnight

Third tug attacked in same SE Asian area in the space of a fortnight

Abu Sayyaf, the militant Filipino group, has been linked to a third tug attack in quick succession. The Indonesian tug, Henry, which was towing the barge, Christi, was hit by armed men from a speedboat on Friday afternoon in the Celebes Sea off northeast Kalimantan.

The tug was fired at with one seafarer hit and four crew were kidnapped. The tug and the barge returned to Lahad Datu in Kalimantan.

This is the third tug attack in the same area in the past fortnight. The previous two attacks involved kidnappings and ransom demands.

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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