Men slain in raid not in­sur­gents

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

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.

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