New Straits Times
Revenge may be motive for killing of 6 at sea
KOTA KINABALU: A family trip to celebrate Maulidur Rasul at Siasi Island in the southern Philippines turned tragic when six of the eight family members were shot dead while travelling on a boat. The family members, aged between 8 and 50, lived on Pulau Denawan off Semporna and travelled to Siasi on Nov 5 to visit their relatives. The family, however, were attacked in Philippine waters 30 minutes away from the maritime border. In the incident, two were unhurt. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said the shooting did not occur in state waters, but the bodies, including one of a child, were brought back to Denawan Island.
“We ruled out robbery and kidnapping attempts because the victims’ belongings, including money, were not taken. It could be a case of revenge. The shooting took place at night and we have taken statements from two survivors (a man and a woman).”