Po­lice­man’s mur­der in Pat­tani pos­si­bly re­venge

The Nation - - THAILAND -

A PO­LICE­MAN was shot dead yes­ter­day out­side his precinct sta­tion in Pat­tani’s Khok Pho dis­trict, in posi­ble re­tal­i­a­tion for the deaths of two sus­pected in­sur­gents the day be­fore.

Pol Cor­po­ral Chalermpol Khomkham, 32, was man­ning the sen­try box out­side Na Pradu po­lice sta­tion when six men on three mo­tor­cy­cles opened fire with as­sault ri­fles at about noon yes­ter­day.

Sev­eral shots were also fired at the po­lice sta­tion.

The badly wounded po­lice­man was rushed to a nearby hos­pi­tal but soon pro­nounced dead.

More than 20 spent AK-47 car­tridges were col­lected near the sen­try box.

The at­tack, recorded on the po­lice sta­tion’s se­cu­rity cam­eras, came just a day after two sus­pected in­sur­gents were killed in a gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces.

Po­lice said yes­ter­day’s at­tack could have been re­venge for the deaths of the per­pe­tra­tors’ com­rades on Satur­day.

In Satur­day’s clash in Pat­tani’s Yar­ing dis­trict, rangers and po­lice ex­changed fire with three sus­pects. One ranger was shot and a stray bul­let wounded a lo­cal girl.

The fire­fight be­gan about 5am. Of­fi­cers ended up in a stand-off with the third sus­pect, ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Cap­tain Ka­chorn­sak Kua­ma­nee, deputy in­spec­tor at Yar­ing precinct.

He said about 100 rangers and po­lice­men were de­ployed around a house in Moo 3, Tam­bon Talo Kapo, where three sus­pected in­sur­gents were be­lieved to be hid­ing. Au­thor­i­ties ar­rived to be greeted by a hail of gun­fire.

The ranger and the girl, Koiru Im­badeesan, 9, were wounded and taken to Pat­tani Hos­pi­tal. The gun bat­tle con­tin­ued through­out the morn­ing.

Ka­chorn­sak said two of the sus­pects were shot dead, while the third kept fir­ing. A lo­cal spir­i­tual leader was asked to try and per­suade the lone hold­out to sur­ren­der.

The lat­est wave of vi­o­lence in the bor­der prov­inces be­gan last Thurs­day when four de­fence vol­un­teers were shot dead by sus­pected in­sur­gents armed with as­sault ri­fles at a school in Pat­tani.

An im­age from closed-cir­cuit TV shows at­tack­ers in black fa­tally wound­ing a po­lice sen­try in Pat­tani yes­ter­day and tak­ing away his ri­fle.

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