Abu Sayyaf attacks Japanese cargo ship in Sulu Sea


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits attacked a Japanese cargo ship in the Sulu Sea near Tawi-Tawi province, belated reports on Tuesday said.

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) reported that the bulk carrier Kumiai Shagang thwarted the November 20 attack and continued its voyage from Port Hedland in Australia to Qingdao in China.

The Sulu Sea in the southwestern area of the Philippines is separated from the South China Sea in the northwest by Palawan and from the Celebes Sea in the southeast by the Sulu Archipelago.

The cargo ship is owned by Southern Pacific Holding and managed by Kumiai Senpaku.

According to the regional piracy watchdog ReCAAP, the ship’s crew took anti-piracy measures and successfully prevented boarding by the perpetrators.

It also said that since March this year, there have been 11 incidents in the area and most of these were claimed by the Abu Sayyaf.

At least 44 crew have been abducted this year off Sabah in Malaysia and the Abu Sayyaf is still holding over a dozen kidnapped Malaysian, Indonesian and Vietnamese sailors, including a German boater Jurgen Kantner.

There was no immediate statement from the military’s Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City as to the reported recent attack.


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  1. I thought Pres. Duterte’s priority and forte was to promote law and order and safety/ security for all citizens . I can only say that since he took power the Abu Sayaf situation has drastically deteriorated . Not one week goes by without news from piracy acts , kidnapping or killings by the AS group . It seems the group is now lording it over the southern south China sea and the Sulu sea with total impunity and has completely internationalized its operations which are reaching Somalia piracy proportions . As to the Government , not one word except repeating the tired mantra of an ongoing ” massive operation ” against ASG going on , and which obviously is a total failure so far . The media is also quite silent practically taking what’s going on in the south as the new normal . Seems to me the Philippines is regressing in the area of peace and law and order which is ironic given its new regime avowed priorities . Either this is massive incompetence from the AFP / Government or ,god forbid , complicity ! Taking people for idiots or what ?

    • because our Navy is still incapable of tracking down and neutralizing terrorists operating at such open seas.The navy are very small in numbers. Some are very rusty old from the relics of post WW2.

  2. It is so simple to eradicate this disease, the ABU SAYYAF. Organize a Search and Destroy operation and blast these terrorists to hell using combined Air and Naval strikes monitored by either UCAVs or space-based orbiting satelites . Obama’s openly homosexual US soldiers should assist and use their vaunted American taxpayer-paid weaponry on these missions to better effect rather than murdering civilians in the Middle East.