An­other In­done­sian sailor kid­napped in Sulu sea

The Myanmar Times - - World -

UNIDEN­TI­FIED gun­men have kid­napped an­other In­done­sian sailor in the per­ilous wa­ters of the Sulu sea near Bor­neo where dozens of sea­far­ers have been ab­ducted by Is­lamist ex­trem­ists in re­cent months, au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day.

The kid­nap­ping took place on Au­gust 3 in wa­ters off the north­east of Sabah state, on the Malaysian side of Bor­neo is­land, In­done­sia’s am­bas­sador to Malaysia said.

“[The ves­sel] was in­ter­cepted by a boat car­ry­ing four armed men,” am­bas­sador Herman Pray­itno said.

The kid­nap­pers took the In­done­sian cap­tain af­ter fail­ing to get the RM10,000 (US$2500) they de­manded, Mr Herman said. They re­leased the two other crew, an In­done­sian and a Malaysian.

In­done­sia’s foreign min­istry said it was still try­ing to find out which group was re­spon­si­ble.

The kid­nap­ping is the lat­est in a string of in­ci­dents in the stretch of water where groups of armed men from the Philip­pines have am­bushed fish­ing ves­sels and seized Malaysians and In­done­sians for ransom.

Ten other In­done­sians kid­napped in re­cent months by the Philip­pine Abu Sayyaf ex­trem­ist group are still be­ing held.

Jakarta has banned In­done­sian flagged ves­sels from sail­ing to the Philip­pines and pushed for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of joint mar­itime pa­trol in the vi­tal wa­ter­way.

A hand­ful of Malaysian sailors have also been kid­napped this year.

The Abu Sayyaf, who are based on re­mote and moun­tain­ous south­ern Philip­pine is­lands, this year be­headed two Cana­dian hostages af­ter their multi-mil­lion-dol­lar ransom de­mands were not met.

In 2015 they killed a Malaysian hostage.

The group is a loose net­work of a few hun­dred mil­i­tants, formed in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda. –

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