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Manila, KL and Jakarta to patrol piracy-prone waters

The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia will launch joint patrols in piracy-plagued waters by May, Manila’s Defence Secretary disclosed yesterday, after a wave of attacks that saw Islamist militants kidnapping and murdering foreigners.

All three countries agreed on such joint patrols in the Sulu Sea in August last year. Since then, the Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ransom network that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, has continued kidnapping sailors, including Malaysians and Indonesians, on fishing vessels and cargo barges.

Source: The Straights Times