Men slain in raid not insurgents
Four young men who were killed during a recent raid by government security forces in Thailand’s violence-plagued south were not insurgents, an investigating panel said, finding that the authorities involved should be prosecuted.
According to police, the four were killed and 22 other suspects detained on March 25 in the raid carried out by paramilitary troops, police and local officials in Thung Yangdaeng district of Pattani province.
Pattani Gov. Weerapong Kaewsuwan said at a news conference that a fact-finding committee led by a provincial Islamic leader found that the four dead men, mostly in their 20s, were neither insurgents nor sympathizers, and that their confrontation with the authorities took place about 300 yards away from where the raid was launched.