Abu Sayyaf demands $1.5 m for Indonesia-flagged vessel taken hostage

(From Strait Times)

Two Indonesia-flagged vessels were taken hostage at the weekend by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines, said a Foreign Affairs Ministry (Kemlu) official on Tuesday (March 29), confirming earlier media reports of the capture.

Abu Sayyaf has been gaining international notoriety for kidnapping foreigners for ransom

Abu Sayyaf has gained notoriety for kidnapping foreigners for ransom

The militant group, based in the southern Philippines, is said to have demanded 50 million pesos (S$1.48 million) for the release of one of the vessels and its crew.

“It is confirmed that tugboats Brahma 12 and Anand 12 carrying 7,000 tonnes of coal and 10 Indonesian crew members were captured,” said Kemlu spokesman Armanatha Nasir. Read More 

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