Divemaster in fish bomb tragedy likely a murder target, say Sabah police

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  • Monday, 15 Jul 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Dive instructor Ab Zainal Abdu, 30, who was killed by fish bombs alongside two China tourists during a dive in Semporna district on July 5, was most likely a target of murder, say the Sabah police.

Sabah deputy police commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said this during a press conference here Monday (July 15), adding that police have yet to find out who the real killers are.

"Yes, he (Ab Zainal) was most likely a murder target, but who is behind it and the motives are still unclear," he said when asked whether the July 5 incident was intentional.

He said two suspects in custody are still being held to assist probes into the case.

Apart from Ab Zainal, two China nationals - 26-year-olds Zhao Zhong and Xu Yingjie - were also killed while diving in waters off Pulau Kalapuan.

Asked whether the Chinese tourists were also targeted, he did not comment but just responded "bombs can't see".

Post-mortem results confirmed the trio had died from a blast as they suffered from massive internal injuries and there were minor superficial injuries on their bodies.

Their injuries were consistent with blast injuries including fractures of the skull, broken ribs, internal bleeding in their lungs, abdomen and chest while the main aorta was also torn.

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