Abu Sayyaf, the infamous militant Islamic terror group located in the Philippines, has taken credit for yet another despicable act. This one has involved ten Indonesian sailors aboard a tugboat hauling several thousand tons of coal. The abduction has placed a large amount of pressure on multiple governments, both to stop and solve this issue.
In a region plagued with piracy, the attack was not unusual in form, but in the aftermath. The tugboat was hauling thousands of tons of coal, a prize immediately taken by the captors. This was not the end of the conflict, however, as the sailors were then taken hostage following the release of their vessel.
If Abu Sayyaf indeed carried out the assault, it would not be atypical. The group has been credited for multiple kidnappings and ransoms within the bustling trade area targeting the governments of those captured.
The act itself is another in a long line of piracy in this trade region, a problem governments are continuously pressured to stop. The problem doesn’t end with this specific terror group, or even militant extremism, as it is carried out by a diverse number of perpetrators. Not knowing who is responsible and where they are hiding is what complicates the matter.
After this specific instance, as well as the attention brought to the region via the public eye, the hope remains that efforts to combat it are made by the authorities, and this barbaric crime can be largely put to rest to the relief of the entire incredibly active region.