New Straits Times

Revenge may be motive for killing of 6 at sea

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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).”

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