Kidnapped Vietnamese Seafarer Killed by Abu Sayyaf

A Vietnamese seafarer who was kidnapped on February 19th by Abu Sayyaf, an affiliate to the ISIS Islamic terror group, together with five other crew members of the Vietnamese-flagged bulk carrier MV Giang Hai was killed while trying to escape his captors.

The information was confirmed by the Joint Task Force of Sulu of the Philippine Army, three weeks after the kidnapping occurred.

The ship was boarded by an unknown number of pirates while underway roughly 35nm from Doc Can Island. The vessel was transporting cement from Indonesia to the Philippines when the pirates abducted six crew members and shot 21-year-old Vu Doc Hanh from Hai Phong to death before leaving the vessel. The Philippine Coastguard recovered his body and rescued the ten remaining crew members when they found the vessel off Baguan Island.

Abu Sayyaf turned to kidnappings for ransom last year and the group is known to be extremely violent both in the hostile takeover of vessels and the treatment of the hostages, which has included televised executions.

“Tawi Tawi and the surrounding region is widely known to be the hunting grounds and area of operation for the terrorist group,” Gerry Northwood, COO at MAST, maritime risk management consultancy, said in a comment to World Maritime News.

“Due to the insurgent tactics used, the large area of operation and the limited capability of Philippine military forces and coast guard, Abu Sayyaf are often able to operate with impunity. Action is being taken regionally along with international assistance to defeat Abu Sayyaf. At present these waters continue to be considered high risk and seafarers transiting the area should ensure appropriate safety and security considerations are taken to reduce the chances of becoming a target as well as being able to defend themselves.”

World Maritime News Staff

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Jun 2018 >>
MTWTFSS
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1

TRANSTEC 2018

TRANSTEC 2018 welcomes participants to explore Russian Ports and Shipping development opportunities…

read more >

Europort 2018

From 15-17 May 2018, the 12th edition of Europort Romania willl take place in the IDU Hall in Constanta…

read more >

The 27th World Gas Conference

The 27th World Gas Conference is the leading global industry event and is the definitive gathering of influential leaders, buyers and sellers, policy-makers and experts from around the world.

You will hear critical business insights and lively debates on the most topical issues facing the global gas industry today and in the future.

From 25-29 June 2018, Washington DC is expected to host 12,000 attendees, 500 speakers and 350 exhibitors representing, more than 600 companies from 100 countries.

Presented by the IGU, this is the largest and most high-profile gas event that is conducted by the industry for the industry.

Read More

read more >

SMM 2018

This is a must-attend event – a unique opportunity to meet key players, display business strengths, establish new contacts and exchange…

read more >