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Murder, Bombing and Mass Destruction in Sabah

an illegal fishing method becomes a deadly diving hazard

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Even though fish bombing is illegal in Malaysia, it has been widespread in the state of Sabah, a popular place for divers, for ages. But the method is getting more attention now, since it was apparently used to deliberately kill divers last month.

Divemaster Ab Zainal Abdu, 30, and Chinese divers Zhao Zheng and Xu Ying Jie, both 26, were diving near the island of Pulau Kalapuan on the afternoon of July 5 when the incident took place. They went out with a boat driver and another dive guide, who later told the police they had dropped the trio off at the dive site at around 2:30 p.m. When they returned an hour later to pick the divers up, they found sea foam around the area (a sign of fish bombing) but no divers, so they called for assistance. When police arrived, they found a lot of dead fish, damage to nearby coral, the divers' equipment, and finally the diver's bodies, at 20 feet deep, which were sent to the hospital for a post-mortem....

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