Philippines, Malaysia to coop to stop Abu Sayyaf kidnappings

Kuala Lumpur—The Philippines on Thursday agreed to allow Malaysia and Indonesia to carry out “hot pursuits” in its territorial waters, as the three nations look to tackle kidnappings and piracy by Islamist Abu Sayyaf rebels.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Najib Razak after a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is on a two-day visit to Malaysia. “When we reach their waters, they have allowed us to keep chasing these kidnap-for-ransom groups,” Najib said at a news conference.—Reuters

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