chapter  5
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Th e Abu Sayyaf Group: Th reat of Maritime Piracy and Terrorism

ByROMMEL C. BANLAOI

Introduction On 27 February 2004, MV Superferry 14, a commercial vessel carrying 899 passengers, exploded shortly aft er it left Manila Bay. Th e explosion resulted in the gruesome death of 116 people and the serious wounding of at least 300 others. Th is tragic incident in Philippine waters apparently converted the MV Superferry 14 into a dreadful fl oating inferno. It was also the most violent man-made disaster in Philippine waters since 11 September 2001 and the worst terrorist attack in Asia since the 2002 Bali bombing.