Fifty-one Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia reported to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre from January to June 2020

Number of incidents is almost double compared to the same period in 2019

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) today released its Half-Yearly Report 2020 (January to June). Highlights of the Report, whose information is verified by the respective government agencies, also known as ReCAAP Focal Points, and regional authorities, are appended:

Overall Situation
• A total of 51 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 50 actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported in Asia during January-June 2020

• This represents close to a two-fold increase in the total number of incidents and a two-fold increase in the number of actual incidents reported in Asia, compared to 28 incidents (comprising 25 actual incidents and three attempted incidents) during January-June 2019.

• Of the 51 incidents, 49 were incidents of armed robbery against ships and two were piracy incidents

• On the other hand, the severity level of incidents has not worsened during January-June 2020 compared to January-June 2019: o 1 incident of Category 1 (same as in 2019) o Decrease of Category 2 (from 2 to 1 which is the lowest among the past 14-year period of 2007-2020) o 74% of incidents were Category 4 (perpetrators not armed, crew not harmed)

To download the report summary, please click here.

To visit the source, please click here.

Via: recaap.org

PH, Japan Coast Guard units conduct anti-piracy exercise

By Betheena Kae Unite

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and its Japanese counterparts recently conducted a simulation exercise between Jolo Island and Tawi-Tawi to enhance the country’s response against piracy attacks and armed robbery on ships.

PCG, Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia-Information Sharing Center (ReCAAP-ISC) conducted the communications and surveillance exercise simulating a vessel under piracy attack last Saturday.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: mb.com.ph

Philippine police checking reports of Abu Sayyaf leader’s death

Philippine police are investigating whether one of the senior leaders of extremist group Abu Sayyaf has been killed.

Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, who heads a faction of the group affiliated with Daesh, may have died from gunshot injuries suffered during clashes with government troops on the island province of Sulu, according to Filipino media.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: arabnews.com

‘Indonesian boy kidnapped in L Datu who escaped recaptured by Abu Sayyaf’

By: Zam Yusa

Kota Kinabalu: A boy, who the Philippine military confirmed to Daily Express was one of five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped from their boat in Lahad Datu waters in January, was recaptured by his Abu Sayyaf captors after he escaped in Sulu, southern Philippines, an Indonsian source said.

Ulta Levenia Nababan, a terrorism researcher at Jakarta-based think tank Galatea, named the boy as Khairul aged around 14.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: dailyexpress.com.my

Indonesian boy kidnapped from L Datu waters escaped, says source

By: Zam Yusa

Kota Kinabalu: A boy, who Daily Express reported in March was among five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped in Tambisan Island waters off Lahad Datu in January, had escaped his Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu, an Indonesian source told the paper.

Ulta Levenia Nababan, a terrorism researcher at Jakarta-based think tank Galatea, said three sources told her the boy’s current whereabouts was unknown.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: dailyexpress.com.my

ASG ‘doctor’, 2 others surrender in Sulu

By Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A man considered as a healer and imam by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and two close aides surrendered to the 45th Infantry Battalion (IB) at the Forward Operating Base of the Philippine Army at Barangay Tugas, Patikul, Sulu, and turned-over two high powered firearms.

Army 11th Division Commander Maj. Gen Corelito Vinluan said the three surrendered to soldiers on Friday, June 19, but declined to identify the alleged imam and his two cohorts.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: news.mb.com.ph

Sabah’s sea curfew extended for another two weeks until July 4

Sabah

By STEPHANIE LEE

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s dusk to dawn sea curfew has been extended for another two weeks until July 4.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said the extension of the 6pm to 6am curfew was needed due to continuous threats from cross-border criminals, including from kidnap-for-ransom groups.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: thestar.com.my

Abu Sayyaf ‘member’ killed, 3 others nabbed in anti-drug ops

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr

ZAMBOANGA CITY — An alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed while three others arrested in separate anti-drug operations in Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga Sibugay provinces, an official said Wednesday.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 9 (PDEA-9) Director Emerson Margate, identified the slain ASG member as Bensal Aradi, and the arrested individuals as Mahmud Ainal, 42; Najil Sangkula, 35; and, Madal Ladang.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: pna.gov.ph

4 troopers, 2 Abu Sayyaf members killed in Sulu encounter

Roel Pareño

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Four Army Special Forces were killed while 17 others were wounded in a fight that erupted Friday as the government troops encountered 40 members of the Abu Sayyaf group in a jungle lair in Patikul town, Sulu, military official confirmed Saturday.

The military said two Abu Sayyaf members were also killed and others were wounded in the encounter.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: philstar.com