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Insurgent leader arrested in rubber plantation

Mar 30. 2013
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By The Nation

Suspected insurgent leader Abdullah Pula was arrested in a rubber plantation in Yala's Than To district Saturday morning, while a roadside bomb went off in Ma Yor in Pattani later Saturday, killing two rangers on patrol and wounding three others.

After the 6am arrest, which followed a tip-off by some villagers, the 34-year-old Abdullah was brought to the local police station for forensic officials to collect DNA samples. During the initial interrogation, Abdullah denied all the charges against him.

Abdullah is reportedly a bomb-making expert for the insurgency movement in Yala and wanted on five national security warrants in Than To. These were a June 2006 warrant for the murder of Thawatchai Sakulcharoenwong; a June 2009 warrant for the murder of Hama Mamahdaeha; a May 2005 warrant for the shooting of Wiroj Kaewthavorn; a June 2008 warrant for the shooting of Muhammadrisawan Yunu; and a June 2008 warrant for the shooting of Thanee Hanpirom.

At 2.30pm in Ma Yor in Pattani, a home-made bomb was triggered on a rural road in Ban Khaekthao in Tambon Koh Chan while a team of patrolling rangers passed by, resulting in two deaths and three injuries.

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