Posted on September 21, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
Police in Sabah have reported killed two pirates as they tried to flee. It is believed the men were part of a group responsible for the kidnapping of two fishermen earlier this month.
A high-speed chase was undertaken at sea near Bohayan Island last night.
The Eastern Sabah Security Command’s (Esscom) commander Hazani Ghazali said Esscom and police conducted an anti-crime operation at a water village Kampung Kunak 3.
In the operation, he said 18 men were arrested and 16 pump boats were seized.
“Two men boarded a pump boat and managed to slip out from the police raid towards Kunak waters. A police team and Esscom immediately boarded two boats and went after the runaway men.
Officials returned fire as self-defence before overtaking the boat. They then found two dead men in the boat, with bullet wounds on their bodies.
He said the men, in their 50s, had no identification papers.
Officials recovered two revolvers, eight live bullets and a Samurai sword from the suspects.
The pump boat, Ainigel was seized. This is the vessel used for the kidnapping of the two Indonesian fishermen on the 11th September this year near Semporna.
In the Sept 11 kidnapping incident, two Indonesian fishermen were abducted near Gaya Island in Semporna while two other crew members managed to hide inside the fishing vessel.
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