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Greater trilateral effort needed to crush Abu Sayyaf

Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines must join hands to stop abductions in Sulu-Celebes seas

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The release of three fishermen last Saturday would have marked the end of a hostage crisis involving 34 Indonesians kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf terror group in recent years, but another abduction has reignited tensions.

Just days before the three men were freed, two more Indonesians were abducted while fishing in the same waters in the Sulu-Celebes seas off Sabah, East Malaysia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2018, with the headline Greater trilateral effort needed to crush Abu Sayyaf. Subscribe