A suspected militant was killed in a clash with Thai security forces in Narathiwat's Rangae district early yesterday around 1.30am. The deceased was one of two suspects thought to be involved in a bomb on Friday evening bomb that killed three police in th
Following a tip-off that two bombing suspects were hiding in a house in Bor Ngor sub-district, a 100-strong joint police and military force surrounded the 10-house compound at 1am and raided it before running into the pair and having a brief gunfight. They later found the body of Tuwaemarawyee Tuansulong, 34, with two shots to the head. He was reportedly wanted on five arrest warrants, with a .38 pistol near him.
The other suspect fled. Officers also took four people in the area into custody for further questioning on whether they were involved in the blast on Friday.
The bomb attack on a team of Ra Ngae police took place as they were returning to their base in a truck from a Ban Khao Kaew School teacher protection mission. The bomb killed Police Lance Corporal Worawuth Worajaruth, 25, Police Sergeant Manachai Pipitthong, 30, and Police Lance Corporal Khomsan Wongwatcharabut, 24.
Police Operations Centre for Southern Border Provinces chief Pol Maj-General Yongyuth Jaroenphanich yesterday presided over Khomsan and Worawuth’s bathing rites in Muang district while Manachai’s Islamic burial rite in Ra Ngae was also attended by many senior officials. Each of the three slain men’s families were given Bt1 million in assistance money, plus the “Bang Rachan” medal.