The Philippines military announce that they have launched search and rescue operations for five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by militants belonging to the ISIL-linked Abu Sayyaf group in Malaysian waters last week in Sabah.
Abu Sayyaf of the Philippines allegedly kidnap three Filipino fishermen from their trawler off the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island. [http:--www.ibtimes.sg-filipino-militants-kidnap-three-fishermen-sabah-waters-3217 ("International Business Times")] [http:--m.thesundaily.my-node-393969 ("The Sun Daily")]date=July 2019
Philippine officials report four Indonesian sailors were kidnapped last night off the Philippines' southernmost town of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, near Malaysia's Sabah state. Seven gunmen in a blue speedboat attacked two Indonesian-flagged tugboats. Six other sailors, including one who was shot, were not taken by ISIL-linked Abu Sayyaf militants.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak condemns the Philippine-based Abu Sayyaf's beheading of a Malaysian man. Businessman Bernard Then and a woman were kidnapped in May from the Malaysia-island Sabah; the woman was released last week. Philippine Colonel Restituto Padilla said the killing followed a "failure of the negotiations about money."