The Philippine coast guard have foiled an tried pirate attack on a cargo vessel by suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists.
The tried boarding yesterday (Tuesday, April 18) of the Doña Anabelle occurred off Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte about 50 miles to the north of the Sulu archipelago, the Islamic State-affiliated group’s stronghold.
Regional police chief Billy Beltran informed the Inquirer that armed militants on two motorboats fired on the vessel off the village of Santa Maria.
Zamboanga Coast Guard Station Commander Alvin Dagale informed the Philippine Sun Star that the attackers fled when army patrol vessels approached. None of the crew have been injured, and the responders escorted the ship to Zamboanga City.
Mr Beltran stated that the affiliation of the attackers had not been totally confirmed, and investigations have been persevering with.
In latest years, Abu Sayyaf has made the waters between the Philippines and Malaysia among the many most harmful on this planet for maritime piracy.
While its actions are often focussed on the Sulu Archipelago, final week a gaggle of terrorists mounted an unsuccessful kidnapping raid on the vacationer island of Bohol, a number of hundred miles to the north.
The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have introduced joint naval patrols to suppress the group’s actions within the waters between Tawi Tawi and Sabah. Japan has provided to offer the Philippines with army advisors and pursuit boats, and President Duterte has even invited the Chinese navy and coast guard to assist patrol the realm.
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