Filipino pirates take two crew from RoRo ship

Filipino pirates take two crew from RoRo ship

Armed pirates kidnapped two crewmembers from the Ro-Ro vessel Super Shuttle Roro 9 near Sibago island off the coast of Philippines on Thursday.

The pirates, who are allegedly members of the Filipino Muslim militants group Abu Sayyaf, took the ship’s captain and chief engineer.

The 11,400 dwt vessel was on its way to General Santos City on the southern island of Mindanao from the central Philippines when it was intercepted by the armed men in three speed boats.

AIS data provided by MarineTraffic shows that the 1980-built RoRo is currently stopped at the country’s Zamboanga anchorage.

The incident occurred only hours after Philippine officials rescued two Malaysian tug boat crewmembers who were held captive by Abu Sayyaf for almost eight months.