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Foreign gunmen spare 9 at sea
Published on: Friday, October 28, 2016
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Beluran: A skipper and his eight crew who were fishing in international waters off Pulau Jambongan near here were fortunate to be not kidnapped by a group of armed men on a trawler whose real intention, as it turned out, was to rob them.District Police Chief Supt Shivananthan R. Velautham said the 40-year-old man whose address is in Kudat and his eight crew were confronted by six gunmen on Monday afternoon.

"At first, they thought the six men who did not wear any masks on a trawler were intending to buy their fuel but later saw two of them were holding guns, believed to be an M203 and M16, who demanded the victims hand over all their money if they want to live.

"However, the skipper told the two men with guns that they had no money. Subsequently, the six men robbed their fish catch weighing between 400 and 500 kilogrammes and about 500 litres of diesel from the victims' boat at the scene," he said on Thursday.

Soon after the victims were robbed including a unit of the Global Positioning System (GPS) device, one huge battery and three flashlights, Shivananthan said the victims saw the six suspects heading towards the Philippines.

According to the report lodged by the victims, he said the six armed men spoke in Tagalog with each other and that no shots were fired during the incident. He said all eight victims are now in Kudat.

It was learnt that the victims were only able to lodge a report on Thursday about the incident due to long distance between Pulau Jambongan and nearest island with an army post.

Shivanathan said the case is being investigated under Section 4 of Firearms Act (Increased Penalties) 1971.


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