Four Indonesian sailors abducted off eastern Malaysia

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Jakarta, April 16 (IANS) Four Indonesian sailors were abducted by a group of armed men when their vessels were hijacked between the Malaysian and Philippine waterways, authorities said on Saturday.

A statement from the Indonesian foreign ministry said a fifth sailor was shot during the hijacking incident on Friday evening. He was rescued by Malaysian maritime police and is in a stable condition, Channel News Asia reported.

Five other crewmen were also rescued and brought to the port in Lahad Datu in Malaysia.

The two Indonesian-flagged vessels, Cristi and TB Henry, were on their way to Tarakan in North Kalimantan from Cebu in the Philippines.

A ministry spokesman said that it is in contact with Malaysian and Philippine authorities.

“The Indonesian government will be taking measures to find a solution to recurring hijacking incidents in those areas. Indonesia will also urge countries in the region to step up security,” he said.

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Ten other Indonesian sailors are currently being held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the Philippines after their vessels were hijacked on March 26.

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