Vietnamese master abducted by Abu Sayyaf found dead

Vietnamese master abducted by Abu Sayyaf found dead

A Vietnamese master kidnapped in southern Philippine waters last year has been found killed.

Pham Minh Tuan was found by police in Jolo, believed to have been executed by his Abu Sayyaf captors.

Pham was the captain of the Vietnamese vessel Royal 16 hit by an Abu Sayyaf group near the island province of Basilan last November. Three of his crewmembers were also executed earlier, while one man was able to escape.

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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