From InterAksyon (Oct 21): Suspected Abu Sayyaf seize Korean ship off Tawi-Tawi, take boat captain, Pinoy crew
October 2015 file photo of the seaport in Bongao, Tawi-tawi. Ten armed men on a speedboat, believed to be Abu Sayyaf members, hijacked a Korean ship and seized its captain and a Filipino crewman in the waters off Bongao. INTERAKSYON.COM FILE
Ten armed men believed to be Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members hijacked Thursday a South Korean boat and took its Korean captain and a Filipino crewman off Bongao town in Tawi-Tawi.
According to Major Felimon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman, the armed men, riding a speed boat, seized the MV Dong Bang Giant 2 heavy loader carrier at around 2:45 p.m. as it was cruising the area from Australia to South Korea.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) had earlier sealed off all escape routes of ASG elements trying to elude the military dragnet in Sulu and Basilan.
Wesmincom's Tan said, “Park Chul Hong, captain of MV Dong Bang Giant, and crew member Glenn Alindajao from Cebu, Philippines, were seized by 10 armed men suspected to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) under Jul Hassan.”
The kidnappers are believed to be followers of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Idang Susukan, based in Sulu.
Tan said the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi had alerted all units and deployed military assets to pursue the hostage takers.