Abu Sayyaf abduct 2 vessel officials PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 March 2017 11:39

By DAN TORIBIO

Less than a day after the release of two of its captives, the Abu Sayyaf struck anew and abducted four crew members of a tugboat in waters off Sibago island in Basilan province at around noontime yesterday.

Coast Guard Zamboanga Commander Lt Commander Alvin Dagalea said that their office received a report that the Supershuttle RO-RO 9, a cargo vessel of Panamanian registry was hijacked by pirates off Sibago island at around 12:20 yesterday.

At least two vessel officers were taken hostage by an undetermined number of armed men on speedboats.

The two were identified as vessel captain Aurelio Agacac and Chief Engineer Laurencio Tiro.

The attack on the vessel was reported by the Captain of the MV Lorcon who radioed the Coast Guard for assistance.

The abductors and their hostages were said to have withdrawn initially towards Tuburan Basilan.

Authorities have conducted hot pursuit operations.  (Dan Toribio)