KOTA KINABALU, Oct 15, 2015:
Security forces will leave no stone unturned in the investigation of an attack on marine police by a suspected fish bomber shot dead yesterday.
Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) Commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun, in disclosing this, said investigations would also look into whether the 25-year-old was involved in the southern Philippine militant groups or cross-border crime.
“For now, we have yet to determine whether he is involved or otherwise,” he said when contacted.
Meanwhile, Semporna police chief Superintendent Peter Umbuas said to date investigations revealed that the suspect, Jeplin Tinggan, a Bajau Laut from Kampung Halo Bangau-Bangau in Semporna, was related to a person named Gadamata, who is actively involved in fish bombing and sea robbery cases.
“The shot (which killed him) was fired in accordance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) for a vessel.”
Yesterday afternoon, marine police shot dead a man who attacked them with a fish bomb at the Nusa Kuya waters, off the Bum-Bum Island, near Semporna.
The man was spotted by the enforcers in a pump boat with two children on board reacting suspiciously while patrolling along the Nusa Kuya waters.
As the enforcers went closer, they saw the adult man burning something before throwing what seemed to be a bottle, believed to be fish bomb, towards them.
The man, however, missed his target as the explosive fell into the sea, prompting him to repeat his act.
Police said they shot the suspect in self-defence and he later succumbed to his injuries while the two children, aged 13 and 10, were unhurt.
They also seized 10kg of fish, plus four bottles containing ammonia and an explosive, believed used to make fish bombs.