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Pattaya journalist injured as foreigner steals gun, fires at police, then kills himself

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An armed man has killed himself after a stand-off with police in Pattaya that lasted several hours, during which a journalist was shot. It’s understood the man, a 25 year old American citizen, stole a Glock 9mm with 8 bullets from a shooting range, with staff trying but failing to stop him from making his getaway on a motorbike, according to The Pattaya News.

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After police were notified, a team of over 50 officers gave chase, following the man to a central Pattaya condo building, where he had barricaded himself in at one property. He proceeded to fire several shots at officers, with a journalist, named as 31 year old Tiwakorn Kritsmanee, from Channel 3 News, shot in the left foot. He is undergoing treatment at a local hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

It’s understood the suspect remained locked inside the condo for several hours, while police attempted to negotiate with him. He refused to cooperate or to speak to them, or a translator.

Residents were evacuated and roads around the condo building closed as police attempted to persuade the man to surrender. Eventually a special response team led a raid on the condo, with police pronouncing the suspect dead after he shot himself in a bedroom.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Perceville Smithers

    November 3, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Are the 2 pics supposed to be the same person?

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    Johnny Rambo

    November 3, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Now they are killing foreigners. This is just the beginning guys. We are witnessing the birth of a nazi country in Asia: Thailand.
    This incident proves how racist the Thais are. These Thai fascists think they are superior to all other ethnicities though most Thai people have probably a lower intelligence than my dog.

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      Richard

      November 3, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      What are you talking about? He shot himself. Seems to me your comments show how racist YOU are.

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      Brian

      November 3, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      Are you going into a manic episode or something? Please seek mental health treatment.

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      Toby Andrews

      November 3, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      If your dog is a border collie, yes, but if it a Yorkshire terrier, no.
      Yorkshire terriers are really dumb dogs.
      Yes I agree, Thais have a big opinion of themselves – in the Far east, but all they are capable of doing among westerners in the West, is run restaurants.
      They are geniuses at inventing scams . . .

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      James

      November 3, 2020 at 10:24 pm

      Johnny Rant-bo

      Therefore if you live in Thailand you should leave and go to a better country which suits you and if you don’t then don’t bother checking what is going on in Thailand and then there will be no need for you to write daily negative comments against Thailand.

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    Toby Andrews

    November 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Tragic.
    Maybe he saw no way out of a situation where he was trapped in Thailand, going broke, and the pinyin had left him.
    I am just guessing . . .

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    gosport

    November 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    No country for outlaw!

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    Khun plastic

    November 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    If the information in the article is correct and he pulled a similar stunt in his own country just how do you think the police would have acted there?

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    Issan John

    November 3, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    You’re out of your tiny mind.

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    Political Observer

    November 4, 2020 at 5:29 am

    The police did a good job.

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    Mike

    November 4, 2020 at 10:43 am

    1 the 2 pictures not same person 🙂
    2 thai’s are know worldwide for scams and killing of foreigners
    Here is just 1 of many.
    Google wijittra nammata phuket or youtube search kho tao murders it is all there 🙂

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    Mark

    November 5, 2020 at 12:42 am

    How is it that a 25 Year Old American is legally living in Pattaya this far into the lockdown?

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Thai officials approve transfer of 3 Iranians involved in 2012 botched bomb plot in Bangkok

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Thai authorities are transferring 3 Iranian inmates to Tehran. The inmates were involved in the 2012 failed bomb plot, which Israeli and Thai officials say, was targeted at Israeli diplomats in Bangkok.

According to Iranian state TV, the transfer was a swap. The report says 33 year old British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was incarcerated for the past 2 years on espionage charges, was released from Iran prison in exchange for the 3 Iranians imprisoned overseas.

Although Iranian media reports the transfer was a prisoner swap, Thai officials have not confirmed the reports. Thailand’s deputy general Chatchom Akapin says the transfers are normal and Thailand approved the transfer in an agreement with Iran.

“These types of transfers aren’t unusual… We transfer prisoners to other countries and at the same time receive Thais back under this type of agreement all the time.”

Back in 2012, a cache of homemade explosives accidentally blew up at a Bangkok villa on Sukhumvit 71 rented by the Iranians. Saeid Moradi fled the home carrying explosives, but dropped them as police chased him. He lost both his legs in the explosion.

While both Thai and Israeli officials say the explosives were intended to attack Israeli diplomats in Bangkok, Iran officials deny the allegations. The men never faced terrorism charges or any charges relating to attempting to kill the Israeli diplomats.

Moradi along with his accomplice, Mohammad Kharzei, were convicted in 2013. Thai Court sentenced Moradi to life in prison for attempting to murder a police officer and sentenced Kharzei to 15 years in prison for possessing explosives. Another suspect, Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, was arrested in Malaysia in 2012 and then extradited to Thailand in 2017.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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Krabi man arrested for animal abuse after allegedly killing pet dogs

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A Krabi man was arrested on animal abuse charges after he allegedly shot and killed his pet dogs. The non-profit Watchdog Thailand filed a police complaint yesterday with a statement from a witness.

Police arrested 39 year old Surasak Kongduang at his home in Krabi’s Muang district. Surasak allegedly admitted to police that he shot both his pet dogs in the head and buried them in the backyard. Officers searched his home and found 3 guns and a bow. All weapons are legal and registered, police say.

Surasak allegedly told police that his wife fled and left the dogs behind after an argument a few days prior. He allegedly told officers that his mother is old and he felt bad about leaving her to care for the dogs, adding that one dog is lame while the other is sick.

Surasak was charged with animal abuse and for unlawful discharge of a firearm.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thief makes off with over 500,000 baht in Bangkok bank robbery

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A man who robbed a Bangkok branch of the Government Housing Bank at gunpoint has escaped with over 500,000 baht. Nation Thailand report that the robbery took place yesterday afternoon, at the bank’s Bangbon branch on Soi Ekachai 86 in the capital.

A security guard at the branch told police that the thief jumped over the counter, before grabbing the cash and running out. It’s understood nobody was hurt in the incident. CCTV footage shows a man wearing a long-sleeved grey shirt and a face mask entering the branch, before producing a gun and pointing it at employees. He produces a plastic bag, before jumping over the counter and grabbing cash from a drawer and making his escape.

It’s understood additional footage shows the man fleeing in a vehicle, headed towards Ekachai Road. The police investigation is ongoing.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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