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Group «Abu Sayyaf» had planned the abduction of Europeans in Malaysia and the Philippines

The security services of Malaysia and the Philippines have prevented mass kidnapping of foreigners from tourist resorts who were planning terrorist group «Abu Sayaf».

About it writes on Tuesday, 18 April, Malaysian newspaper the Star, citing sources in the intelligence agencies of the two countries.

The plan failed after in April of this year on the island of Bohol was killed by the leader of the group, Abu Rami and his 11 companions surrendered to the authorities in the Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi. However, the threat of kidnapping persists, and intelligence agencies continue to monitor the situation.

According to sources of the newspaper, the past few months the militant group had planned to kidnap tourists-Europeans vacationing on the island of Sabah, where is the second largest state of Malaysia.

Reports of the security services, dated mid-February, indicate that dozens of fighters armed with machine guns group on seven boats sailed from Patikul on Jolo and arrived on the island of Cagayan Sulu in the southern Philippines, which is a few minutes boat ride from Sabah.

On 17 February, the militants attacked a Vietnamese cargo ship MV Giang Hai, EN route from Indonesia to the Philippines, captured six crew members and seven kills, and also made a number of other attacks on fishing vessels.

Exploration of the Philippines does not exclude that surrendered could plan the kidnapping of foreign tourists during the holidays at the last Easter in the waters of Sabah and a resort city. Authorities believe the death of Abu Rami and disarmament 11 militants reduced the risk in the resorts, but do not exclude the appearance of new leaders who want to engage in kidnapping for ransom.

Group «Abu Sayyaf» had planned the abduction of Europeans in Malaysia and the Philippines 18.04.2017

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