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Drug dealer shoots policeman, escapes in Korat

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Police are hunting for a drug dealer who shot an undercover agent yesterday and fled after realising he was caught in a sting operation in Khong district of the lower northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province, aka Korat. The officer was seriously wounded and rushed to hospital. 38 year old Phadungsil Lohakart allegedly shot the agent, who was posing as a buyer of crystal methamphetamine, after realising it was a trap.

2 other police officers were waiting in a car nearby. Officer Song Tuaykrathok was hit in the chest and right arm and was admitted to ICU at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital. The suspect fled into a nearby 100-rai cassava plantation in tambon Nong Bua.

Officers from the central city and Khong district quickly surrounded the plantation, but the suspect managed to elude them.

This morning the search was widened, with checkpoints set up on roads after locals told police they saw an armed man walking through their village.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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