Korean abducted in first Philippines cargo ship raid

MANILA: Suspected Islamist militants kidnapped the captain of a South Korean cargo ship in the southern Philippines, the first such attack on a large merchant vessel, authorities said Friday (Oct 21).
The abduction on board the 11,400-tonne heavy load carrier Dong Bang Giant 2 by men identifying themselves as Abu Sayyaf militants occurred Thursday despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s vows to crush the notorious kidnapping-for-ransom group.
Ten suspects abducted the Korean captain and a Filipino crewman, taking them onto their speedboat before letting the South Korean-flagged cargo ship and the rest of the crew go.
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