Last updated: May 27, 2018

Indonesia says coal on hold for Philippines after seven sailors abducted

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi makes a statement at the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta, IndonesiaBy Kanupriya Kapoor and Manuel Mogato JAKARTA/MANILA (Reuters) – Indonesia's foreign minister said on Friday a halt on coal shipments to the Philippines will remain until Manila can secure its waters after seven Indonesian sailors were kidnapped, the latest in a string of abductions. Philippine authorities could not immediately confirm the hostage-taking but said a Filipino woman held since September was freed on Friday by Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist militant group that has amassed tens of millions of dollars from kidnappings for ransom. Indonesia is concerned that piracy in the Sulu Sea area, a major sea traffic corridor for the world's top thermal coal exporter, could reach levels previously seen in Somalia.

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