THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Martial law 'an option' for deep South

SOUTH: Authorities are considering imposing martial law in areas in the far South where four suspects linked to Wednesday's (August 16) car robberies – in which one civilian and one militant were killed – are believed to have gone into hiding, a security source says.

crimedeathviolencemilitarymurderpolice
By Bangkok Post

Saturday 19 August 2017, 10:15AM


Two of the stolen vehicles were turned into car bombs and used in attacks against police and military. Photo: Bangkok Post / Abdulloh Benjakat

Two of the stolen vehicles were turned into car bombs and used in attacks against police and military. Photo: Bangkok Post / Abdulloh Benjakat

Martial law is one of two options the authorities were mulling over in trying to find the culprits. The other option is to follow the normal legal process in requesting the court to approve warrants for the arrest of the four suspects the authorities were able to identify.

However, both options would require solid evidence to be gathered and an investigation summary to be watertight, to prevent the suspects from being released or acquitted later in the course of a trial.

On Thursday (August 17), Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon confirmed a group of new generation members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) insurgent movement was behind the incidents. He said four of the suspects involved have been clearly identified by authorities (read here).

The source said the hunt will zero in on areas where the suspects are likely to be in hiding in Thepa and Saba Yoi districts of Songkhla as well as an area in Songkhla that borders Pattani. Also under surveillance are parts of Yala.

The areas on the authorities' radar are called platong which are training grounds for senior ranking members of armed insurgent groups where they also assemble bombs and plot bomb attacks, the source said.

Army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad said the four believed to be responsible for Wednesday's car robberies belong to a BRN group controlled by Dulloh Waemano. The dead militant suspect – Nur-arsan Arwae, 27, a resident of Pattani's Muang district – was killed during an exchange of fire with authorities after he refused to stop one of the stolen cars at a security checkpoint in Pattani's Nong Chik district. He was found to be a student at a privately-run Muslim religious school in Pattani's Muang district.

Zest Real Estate

The robberies reportedly started in Pattani. Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Region 4's forward command said the insurgent group stole a pickup truck from a couple in Pattani's Yarang district about 4.30am on Wednesday.

The stolen truck was then used by the suspects dressed in outfits looking similar to those of security forces to travel to the used car shop called Wang To Car Centre in Na Thawi district of Songkhla where they made off with six trucks and abducted four people including the shop owner. One hostage was killed by the insurgents and the others survived.

Security officials believe about 15 suspects in the vehicle robberies belong to at least three insurgent groups, Pattani Task Force chief Chatuphon Klamphasut said yesterday.

One group, led by Soburi Cheha Ahama Sa-i, is based in Pattani's Mayo district, he said. Its members allegedly stole the pickup truck from the couple in Pattani on Wednesday.

Another group, responsible for fitting a bomb in one of the stolen vehicles, is believed to be run by Bukhori Lamso and Sosudi Bunane, Maj Gen Chatuphon said.

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Kurt | 19 August 2017 - 17:24:44

Why are terrorists and murderers so 'sweetly' called 'insurgents'?
Already more than 7 years a war in Deep South with the yearly cost of 1000 lives.
How long will this go on?
Is it not time for a peace conference? To create a 'give & take' solution?
Anything is better than what it is now.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Welcoming HMAS Canberra: Australian Navy head to Phuket for training and community activities

Pascale one wonders why the cereal is allowed. Emails to the Editor get no reply. I think Mr Cereal ...(Read More)


Tour boats blamed for widespread reef damage

Yup, the greedy, selfish locals are moving on to destroy the next beautiful island. They only care a...(Read More)


Phuket residents flame Governor over water shortages

Reservoirs that are empty. PWA having to pump water from private sources. Water pressure so low that...(Read More)


Phuket residents flame Governor over water shortages

A resident said: 'W have not had enough water since March 21! We have spent all our money on buy...(Read More)


Phuket residents flame Governor over water shortages

"“We are holding a meeting right now here at Provincial Hall about solving this problem and f...(Read More)


Mains water supply outage announced

""No water supply,no electricity,by temperatures around 37 degrees....."Silly,couldn&...(Read More)


Hunted seastead couple ‘traced to Tarutao’

If all the thai constructors/builders, and Officials did not acted so heavenly against any thai law ...(Read More)


Hunted seastead couple ‘traced to Tarutao’

Pulling out the big guns over what appears to be the "Mother of all Misunderstandings". Gr...(Read More)


Welcoming HMAS Canberra: Australian Navy head to Phuket for training and community activities

There are those people willing to join hands for a clean up and there are those who prefer to sit on...(Read More)


Tour boats blamed for widespread reef damage

These damages were not caused during the past Songkran, but over years of ignorant and reckless tour...(Read More)