On Sunday Abu Sayyaf militants released 10 Indonesian sailors but, at the time of writing, are still holding four others hostage. The southern Philippine terrorist group captured the crewmen in two separate piracy attacks on their boats.
Piracy has become a growing concern in Southeast Asia, as evinced by the frequency of the criminal acts in the region’s waters.
The International Maritime Bureau reported 134 actual and attempted attacks between January and June 2015, up from 116 incidents in the same period in 2014. Interestingly, 92 out of the 134 incidents in the first half of 2015 took place in Southeast Asia, with Indonesia witnessing the greatest number.
More interestingly, not a single incident of piracy was reported off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea or Arabian Sea in the same period.
The questions are why maritime piracy is...