Southeast Asian nations to cooperate against kidnappers

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The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed Monday, June 20, to consider coordinated steps including possible joint patrols to tackle a wave of seaborne crime, after a Filipino kidnap-for-ransom gang captured numerous foreigners and murdered some of them.

Defense ministers from the three nations met in Manila to discuss security following the abduction of Malaysians and Indonesians by the Philippine-based Abu Sayyaf earlier this year.

The group kidnapped four Malaysian seamen and 14 Indonesian sailors, holding them in the strife-torn south. They were freed several months later but there was no information on whether a ransom was paid.

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