Monday, October 6, 2008


Home-made bomb kills husband and wife


A woman and her estranged husband were killed in a bomb blast in a house in Kampung Cenderamata II in Likas, to the horror of their children. None of the children of the Filipino couple were injured as they had been ordered out of the house before the 9am incident. The house belongs to the woman’s elder sister. Her niece, who happened to be cooking on the ground floor, suffered facial injuries from the impact of the bomb blast. Acting City Police Chief Superintendent Rowell Marong in confirming the incident, disclosed that the couple had been quarrelling for the past one month and that the woman, identified as Musa, 35, had been living with her elder sister, and had threatened to divorce her husband, Babin Isang, 35. It is learnt that the man had gone to the house in the morning to persuade her to return home. They had 11 children, aged between three and 20. “Initial investigation revealed that the wife had suspected her husband of having ‘an affair and had taken the children to live in her sister’s house. “The wife would sometimes visit their home in Kampung Kandang Ayam, Likas, during her husband’s absence but would return to her sister’s house, just 150 metres away, before he came home,” said Rowell. It is learnt that prior to the explosion, the two were involved in a heated argument. The victims were both Filipino refugees living in Sabah under the IMM13 Immigration pass. Rowell said that both victims were killed on the spot following the explosion. “They sustained severe injuries to their abdomen and their bodies have been sent for a post-mortem,” he said. Police are classifying the case under the sudden death report as they suspect suicide or murder could be the motive, though investigations are still ongoing. “We also have yet to identify the kind of bomb used in the incident, but it was a home-made bomb. We have sent samples to the Chemistry Department for analysis,” he said. Investigation continues.