Fisherman caught for fish-bombing

The shirtless suspect who was detained with material to make fish explosives.

KOTA KINABALU: A fisherman has been arrested for fish-bombing at Gaya Island, about a 10-minute boat ride from here.

The 40-year-old foreigner was detained in an operation by Sabah police at the water village of Kampung Pondo around 1am on Wednesday (Feb 21).

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Azmi Abd Rahim said the raid was carried out following a tip-off about a house being used to store and make explosives.

He said at the house, police detained the suspect and seized various items including a gurney sack containing ammonium nitrate fertiliser, some 7.6-litre of petrol, 40 detonators and a roll of wires,” he said, adding the seizure could be used to produce fish bombs.

“The man admitted to owning the explosives and said all his catch was sold at the fish market in the city,” he said when contacted.

Among the items seized from the suspect.Among the items seized from the suspect.

SAC Azmi said the suspect also claimed to have obtained the material to make explosives from Mangsi Island in the Philippines.

In a separate operation, SAC Azmi said police arrested a man on suspicion of power theft through the tampering of cable connections and meters.

The act could cost Sabah Electricity some RM28,000 in losses, he said.

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