Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Police crackdown soon on owners of fish bombs


Police will be conducting a major operation to flush out owners of fish bombs or bomb-making paraphernalia in the State. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the crackdown is necessary to curb the use of fish bombs or any other type of explosives. Noor Rashid said Police would not hesitate to take deterrent action against anyone found in possession of fish bombs or equipment to make them. “Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957 states that it is an offence for anyone to manufacture a bomb or to be in possession of any form of explosives for the wrong reasons,” he said when asked to comment on the death of a woman and her estranged husband after a bomb exploded at their home in Kampung Cenderamata II, Likas on Monday. - Acting City Police- -Chief Superintendent Rowell Marong, in confirming the incident, disclosed that the couple had been quarreling for the past one month and the woman, identified as Indak Musa, 35, had been living with her elder sister and had threatened to divorce her husband Babin Isang, 35. It was learned that prior to the explosion, the two 1MM 13 holders were involved in a heated argument, he said. Rowell said police had yet to identify the kind of bomb used in the incident, but it was a homemade bomb. Noor Rashid said Police believe the explosive used was obtained from a friend because no bomb-making equipment was found in the victim’s house. He said there were no terrorism elements in the case and Police believe it was the result of a misunderstanding between the couple. According to him, until October this year, Police have made five fish bomb-related arrests. He urged the public to provide Police with information on activities related to explosives.