RI seeks tighter maritime security after Abu Sayyaf hostages released

The government has once again underlined the lack of security and safety in waters shared with Malaysia and the Philippines, after four Indonesian fishermen were rescued over the weekend more than a year after they were abducted in the tri-border area. The Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that a Philippine security operation had succeeded in rescuing a 14-year old Indonesian boy identified only as MK, from the island of Kalupag in Tawi-Tawi province, near the border with Sabah, Malaysia, on Sunday. The teen was found at the site of a gun battle that broke out on Saturday between the security forces and an Abu Sayyaf splinter group led by Majan Sahidjuan, also known as Apo Mike, who died after sustaining gunshot wounds, according to local media reports.

MK rejoined the three other former hostages from South Sulawesi who were rescued on Thursday last week after an Abu Sayyaf b…

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