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Relatives mourn Phuket soldier’s death in Pattani road-bomb attack

PHUKET: Friends and family are in mourning for 23-year-old Phuket-born Kitthiphong Borna, who was among the six soldiers killed by a bomb planted in a road in Pattani earlier today (June 19).

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 19 June 2017, 07:31PM

Private Kitthiphong, whose family live in Mai Khao, at the northern end of Phuket, was among 10 soldiers in a truck on patrol in Thung Yang Daeng district when the bomb detonated at about midday.

“The truck was checking the area as per routine when the bomb, planted on the road, exploded right as they were passing,” Maj Phompetch Chotglang of the Thung Yang Daeng Police. (See Bangkok Post report here.)

Col Santi Sakuntanark, Commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment and the top-ranking Royal Thai Army officer in Phuket, expressed his condolences.

“We were not based in the same area, but I am very sad about what happened and offer my condolences to the family of the deceased,” he told The Phuket News today.

Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanit, Commander of the Fourth Army Region, also offered his condolences.

Speaking of the loss of all 10 soldiers, Gen Piyawat said in a joint public statement issued this afternoon in conjunction with Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Chalermchai Sittisart, “They sacrificed their lives to protect people living in the local community.”

Pvt Kitthiphong’s father, 53-year-old Phuket taxi driver Prasong Borna, was still in shock at the family home this afternoon.

“I am extremely sad about losing our youngest son,” he said with tears rolling down his face.

“I am very proud of my son as a soldier who stepped up to do his duty for his country,” Mr Prasong added.

Pvt Kitthiphong was to complete his two years compulsory national service as a soldier in October.

“Everyone in the family is in grief,” Mr Prasong said. “He leaves behind one son, Nong Mimbus, who is only one year and four months old, and his wife, Sukanya Pathan, who he married three years ago.

“He had one older sister, and one older brother,” Mr Prasong added.

The family, practising Muslims, are awaiting for Pvt Kitthiphong’s body to be returned to Phuket so they can bury his remains tomorrow.

Additional reporting by Premkamon Ketsara.



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Kurt | 21 June 2017 - 12:25:04

Ematt:  We all know about the almost 7 years going on horror in the South with more than 6000 people dead. Point is a patrol of 10 soldiers were stuffed in 1 pick up truck instead of in a armored car.
The outcome was this disaster.
The fact that the patrol had 10 soldiers shows significant that something was going on in that area.

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Christy Sweet | 21 June 2017 - 09:31:30

Swerv, You are mistaken, it is a law and has been for some years but is ignored. Plans were to enforce it, but then those plans were ignored.

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Pauly44 | 21 June 2017 - 09:22:34

Swerv, from memory it wasn't rescinded just postponed for the Songkran but in any event it's not illegal just yet but demonstrates they have their priorities right, it's much better they get flung out of the tray in high speed accidents and splatter then not being able to play a kids water fight or take 20 family members to the local market or shopping centre.

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ematt | 21 June 2017 - 09:06:10

Thank you to the PN for a story that brings the horror of the situation in the South closer to home. Good, and relevant, reporting. 

How sad that some posters here missed the enitre point of the story, and used it as an excuse to launch into some mindless drivel about pickup trucks. Jeesh.

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swerv | 21 June 2017 - 07:39:35

Pauly44: It is only a law if it is ratified by government, which did not happen in this case as this ruling and proposed law was rescinded i believe on the 19th April. It was pointed out to the government that many, many Thai families would suffer if this law was enforced.

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Pauly44 | 20 June 2017 - 20:48:22

Editor; If you wish for people to continue reading your news and posting valid, pertinent comments in response I suggest you cease your selective posting of them!

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Pauly44 | 20 June 2017 - 16:37:57

Actually Swerv it's a new law mentioned before Songkran, whether it's fully implemented or enforced who knows as it is Thailand after all.

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swerv | 20 June 2017 - 15:39:23

Kurt: I think you must be the leading author of " fake news" in Thailand.
It is NOT illegal to travel in the back of a pickup.

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Kurt | 20 June 2017 - 13:59:08

My condolences to the families of the 6 killed soldiers, and I wish the other 4 wounded soldiers a complete recovery.

It strikes me that ( according BangkokPost) 10 soldiers were out on patrol in a pick up truck.
First of all 10 persons on a pick up truck is illegal by thai law.
Secondly a pick up truck is hardly a proper way of patrol transport in the deep south of Thailand, as we see in this case.
Road bombs in the deep south become stronger and stronger.
Photos in many thai newspapers in this case support that.

What kind of army office send 10 soldiers out on patrol in a pick up truck, instead of a armoured truck?
Thailand produce armoured trucks herself. Why no patrols in that dangerous area in armoured trucks.

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