COPS FOIL ATTACK BID
Bomb squad defuses 100kg explosive device fitted to vehicle
POLICE have foiled an attempt to blow up 100kg of explosives left in a pick-up truck near a police base in Thepa district here on Tuesday.
A source from the Royal Thai Police said the vehicle was found at 10.30am and the bomb squad was called in to carry out an investigation.
“The bomb squad found that the vehicle was fitted with a 100kg explosive device, and successfully deactivated it.”
Investigations revealed that the pick-up truck belonged to a couple who were kidnapped in the same district a day earlier.
The source said their bodies were found, with hands bound, in Thepa River at 10am yesterday.
“The incident proves that the conflict in the three southern Thai districts is getting worse.
“It proves that the people who are behind the latest incident are not only targeting the authorities, but also civilians.”
The source said police had yet to identify the group behind the botched attempt, but were not ruling out the possibility that it could be the work of a separatist group, in particular, Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN).
“There is a possibility that the thwarted attack was the work of a group that is unhappy with the progress of the southern Thailand peace talks taking place in Malaysia.
“Mara Patani, as the leader in the peace talks, should take this incident seriously so that civilians are spared from violent attacks as the situation gives a bad impression of their struggle and image of Islam at large,” he said.
Two gas cylinders were among the items found in a pick-up truck near a police base in Thepa district in Thailand yesterday. (Inset) Some of the explosives.