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Alleged Pinoy intruder shot at PHL-Malaysian border —report


A Filipino was shot and captured allegedly while trying to enter Malaysian waters Wednesday afternoon, a Malaysian news site reported late Thursday.

The Filipino was supposedly aboard one of several pump boats that was involved in the standoff off Pulau Bakungan Kecil, according to a report on Malaysia's The Star Online.

While the Filipino was not immediately named, he was described as 22 years old. He was brought to the Duchess of Kent Hospital for treatment.

Soldiers from the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) sank the Filipino's boat allegedly after he threatened to attack them.

The report said the boats came from the Philippine island of Bakungan Besar at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Following the shooting, the seven other boats fled back toward Philippine waters.

Esscom commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said that before the shooting, soldiers intercepted eight pump boats heading towards Pulau Selingan in Sandakan.

He said they fired three warning shots but only two of them turned back.

"One of the intruders brandished a parang (a Malaysian-made bladed weapon) at security forces, prompting an attack from our side," he said.

Malaysian security forces are working to prevent intrusion in the 10 districts under the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).

The 10 districts are Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News
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