Indian Ocean, Gulf of Guinea & Southeast Asia (8 – 14 Oct 16)


Executive Summary

Indian Ocean

  • Two attempted missile strikes targeted the USS MASON off Yemen on 09th and 12th October.
  • In response, the United States fired Tomahawk missiles towards Houthi radar sites on 13th October.
  • On 13th October, Iran announced that they have deployed two naval vessels to the Bab el Mandeb, allegedly to protect merchant vessels from piracy.

Gulf of Guinea

  • Six armed pirates stole outboard engines and other possessions from local fishing communities near Opobo River on 11th October 2016.
  • A tanker, identified as MT HOUSTON, was approached by a single speedboat offshore Bayelsa on 11th October 2016. The suspicious boat gave chase for approximately 15 to 20 minutes before abandoning the attempt.

Southeast Asia

  • One incident was recorded outside of the reporting period.
  • On 07th October, four customs officials were injured after their vessel was attacked at Tanjung Jumpu, Indonesia, Malacca Strait.
  • Two suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants were arrested in Zamboanga City, Philippines, on 07th October.

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