Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines agree on joint naval patrols after an increase of kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf militants.
Indonesia will gather with Malaysian and Philippine officials in the capital next month to coordinate a joint patrol and intensify maritime security as a response to the increasing threats happening in the region's key trade sea lanes, an official said on Thursday.
Philippine officials report four Indonesian sailors were kidnapped last night off the Philippines' southernmost town of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, near Malaysia's Sabah state. Seven gunmen in a blue speedboat attacked two Indonesian-flagged tugboats. Six other sailors, including one who was shot, were not taken by ISIL-linked Abu Sayyaf militants. Context: Abu Sayyaf, Indonesia, Malaysia, Moro conflict
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak condemns the Philippine-based Abu Sayyaf's beheading of a Malaysian man. Businessman Bernard Then and a woman were kidnapped in May from the Malaysia-island Sabah; the woman was released last week. Philippine Colonel Restituto Padilla said the killing followed a "failure of the negotiations about money." Context: Abu Sayyaf, Malaysia, Moro conflict, Philippines
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines begin joint patrols in the pirate havens within the Celebes and Sulu Seas. Context: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
The Abu Sayyaf militant group beheads their German hostage Jurgen Kantner in Indanan, Philippines. Context: Abu Sayyaf, Moro conflict, Philippines
Three Filipino soldiers are killed and 17 others injured in fighting with Abu Sayyaf militants in the province of Sulu, Philippines. Context: Abu Sayyaf, Moro conflict, Philippines
At least 14 are killed in clashes with suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu, Philippines. Context: Abu Sayyaf, Moro conflict, Philippines
Six Vietnamese sailors are kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf off the coast of the Philippines. Context: Abu Sayyaf, Moro conflict, Philippines
Abu Sayyaf frees a Norwegian hostage for a ransom of [?]30 million (US$638,000) and releases three kidnapped Indonesians from Sabah. Context: Abu Sayyaf, Indonesia, Moro conflict
Abu Sayyaf of the Philippines allegedly kidnap three Filipino fishermen from their trawler off the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island. Context: Abu Sayyaf, Moro conflict, Philippines
Three people, including a pregnant woman, are kidnapped in Patikul, Sulu, in the Philippines Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. No group has claimed responsibility, though Abu Sayyaf is suspected. Context: Abu Sayyaf, Moro conflict, Philippines
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