KOTA KINABALU: The family of six who were shot in waters off the Philippines on Nov 5, were believed killed for revenge.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah (pic) said from the investigations, police believe the shooting could have been due to an old vendetta.
“The incident occurred in an area called Benguin, close to the southern Philippines, ” he said when contacted on Tuesday (Nov 12).
He said due to the area of the incident being in the Philippines’ waters, they have informed their Filipino counterparts and would leave it up to them to take any further action.
The bodies of the six including children were discovered on Nov 7 before they were brought back to Semporna, where they have been staying undocumented for some time, for burial on Nov 8.
Omar said prior to the shooting, the six and two others had taken a boat from Semporna to Southern Philippines for Maulidur Rasul.
However, according to the two who survived and managed to seek help from villagers, a group of people on a vessel had attacked them.
He said the duo could not see their attackers as the incident happened at night.
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