Armed men seize 5 fishermen in Sulu

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Armed men abducted over the weekend five fishermen in Sulu, the military revealed on Monday.

Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said crew of FB Danvil 9 were taking shelter at the port of Poblacion in Pangutaran town last Saturday when they were snatched by armed men believed to be members of the notorious Abu Sayyaf.

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Trump’s inappropriate word in lieu of Persian Gulf proves his ignorance

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, referring to Trump’s anti-Iran comments, said US president’s unwise speech will make no change in the name of Persian Gulf.

Sayyari, who is in Italy to attend a naval conference and to provide the European country with Iran’s experience in ensuring security in high-risk maritime zones, like the Gulf of Aden, lashed out at US President Trump on his unwise speech against Iran and using an inappropriate word in lieu of Persian Gulf.

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4 takeaways from the IMB’s latest global piracy report

A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy.

The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia. The increase in attacks off the coast of Venezuela and other security incidents against vessels off Libya – including an attempted boarding in the last quarter – highlights the need for vigilance in other areas.  In total, 92 vessels were boarded, 13 were fired upon, there were 11 attempted attacks and five vessels were hijacked in the first nine months of 2017.

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Nigeria, Ghana sign MoU to wage war against sea pirates

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) to stop pirates attacks in both countries.

At the ceremony on Monday in Lagos, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, told a delegation of GMA that the MoU would be renewed every four years.

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Source: https://guardian.ng/

Asian shipowners call for BMP4 update

The Asian Shipowners’ Association has called for the guidelines for ships transiting the notoriously unstable Horn of Africa to be updated to better reflect the changing geopolitical situation in the region.

BMP4 are the guidelines in question, which were created by both commercial shipping organisations and a joint naval coalition in response to the threat of Somali piracy which was at its most rampant at the start of the decade.

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Rescue ship brings 606 migrants to Italy

A rescue ship has docked in Sicily with 606 migrants picked up in less than two days off the Libyan coast.

They are from about 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Aid group SOS Méditerranée says they include 241 children and 11 pregnant women.

Many of the women from sub-Saharan Africa said they had suffered sexual abuse. Some of the migrants are malnourished, the group reports.

Fifty had fled to Libya from war-torn Syria. But violence also plagues Libya.

The flow of irregular migrants to southern Europe via the Mediterranean is well below the 2016 level. But Italy is struggling to cope, as most migrants now take the perilous central Mediterranean route from Libya.

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Niger Delta: Experts raise alarm over possible territorial threat

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—SECUTITY experts have warned that the territorial integrity of the country might be at risk if the Federal Government did not come up with a comprehensive strategy to address the myriads of problems facing the Niger Delta region.

They said that the amnesty programme granted to the agitators in the region to buy time or peace was not sustainable, as peace will not be bought with money instead with an establishment of sustainable peace by developing a comprehensive strategy.

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Naval Air Force Wing to secure SL waters: Defence Secy

Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne said the present threats and the geo-strategic importance of Sri Lanka has warranted the establishment of a Naval Air Force Wing to secure our waters with greater surveillance and striking capabilities.

Mr. Waidyaratne who delivered the key note address at the Colombo Air Symposium said today, Sri Lankan armed forces have been supplied with a number of naval crafts with high facilities.”It is also under the same rationale that a Joint Naval Command with the Air Force has been recommended along with a Joint Communications Network that would seek to build air and maritime capabilities, the secretary said.

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3 Abu Sayyaf members surrender to military in Sulu

THREE members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to authorities in Sulu on Friday, a military official said.

Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, said in his report that the surrender at Barangay (village) Bulibangao, Tongkil was facilitated by the 545th Engineering Command Battalion and the Philippine Coast Guard in Western Mindanao.

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Source: http://www.manilatimes.net/