2017-02-20: Unknown perpetrators attacked the Vietnamese ship MV Giang Hai in the south-western Philippines, off the coast of Malaysia, and kidnapped several people on Sunday evening (19 February, local time). A member of the crew was killed. Multiple Vietnamese nationals were rescued by the coast guard and navy. The area is known to be a stronghold of the Islamist terror organisation Abu Sayyaf
Heightened security measures and operations of security forces are to be expected in the area. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution, to strictly avoid operations of security forces, and to follow instructions from security forces.