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Woman held over court attack may be key operative
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PHUKET: Police believe a suspect arrested for her alleged role in the March 7 hand-grenade attack on the Criminal Court is a key operative coordinating with a high-profile US-based suspect who has been financing an anti-government movement.

A senior police investigator said Suphaphorn “Dear” Mit-arak was coordinating with fugitive Manoon “Anek” Chaichana to plan attacks on five locations in Bangkok last month. Mr Manoon is said to be living in San Francisco.

The two made contact through the chat application LINE and social media, and details were discussed with other operatives at a meeting in an area that comes under the jurisdiction of Chok Chai police, Pol Maj Gen Chaiyaphol Chatchaidej said.

Both suspects had initially contacted Suraphol Iamsuwan, a self-proclaimed bomb maker, to carry out the first of five planned attacks. Mr Suraphol later aborted his role, after receiving 15,000 baht. This prompted Ms Suphaphorn to turn to fugitive Wirasak Towangjorn, alias Yai Pattaya, who had contacted taxi motorcycle Mahahin Khunthong and hand-grenade thrower Yutthana Yenphinyo, the officer explained.

National police chief Somyot Poompanmuang later confirmed Ms Suphaphorn’s confession, saying details on the roles of each of the 16 suspects, including Mr Manoon and Mr Wirasak, who are on the run, came from their own accounts.

He said Ms Suphaphorn was a core leader of a political movement, which as of now cannot be named, and that her name was on a watchlist of security agencies – but there was no clear information about her activities until her role surfaced as a main coordinator in the hand-grenade attack.

The four other locations marked as sites for the attacks, according to Gen Chaiyaphol, were Lumpini Park, an MRT station in Chatuchak, the 11th Infantry Regiment compound in northern Bangkok, and the Siam Kempinski Hotel car park.

A police source said later that Ms Suphaphorn and Natthathida “Waen” Meewangpla – who was apprehended on Monday – face additional charges of planning bomb attacks as well as the charges of terrorism and criminal conspiracy, which have been pressed against all 16 suspects.

Ms Natthathida, like Mr Manoon, also faces lese majeste charges, the source said, without providing details on exactly what she did that violated the law.

Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said police were seeking to bring Mr Manoon back with Interpol’s help to face terrorism charges. This is the first time that Thailand is seeking extradition of someone on terrorism charges.

Asked whether the hand-grenade attack would be considered a political case, which could result in the United States turning down the extradition request, Gen Prawut said people with different political stances should seek solutions peacefully, not through violence or bomb attacks.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Baby’s corpse found at garbage tip in Pattaya

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Pattaya residents made a grisly find today at the Nongprue Municipality tip this morning. Whilst digging for items they could recycle and sell, they discovered the dead body of a baby. Police are now launching an investigation for the individual responsible. Nongprue Police were notified of the discovery of the corpse of the newborn baby at the garbage dump at the Nongprue Municipality tip this morning.

Emergency responders arrived at the municipal garbage dump to find the body of the baby inside a black plastic bag amongst all the other garbage. 38 year old Sirithon Tapjeen, who made the horrifying discovery, told The Pattaya News that she and some associates were searching for plastic bottles to sell for recycling.

She says she “smelled something rotten before realising that it was a dead newborn baby”.

Police are now trying to find the infant’s mother and anyone associated with the dumping of the body at the site.

SOUCE: The Pattaya News

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32 year old recovers in hospital after tiger attack in Pattaya

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A 32 year old man is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a tiger yesterday whilst feeding it at the Elephant Kingdom park in Pattaya. Only quick action from park staff prevented the man from being mauled and killed by the animal. Emergency responders were called to the scene at around 3.30pm at the Elephant Kingdom in Huay Yai, Banglamung.

The injured man, named as Thitiphong Makkarom, suffered injuries to his legs, arms side of his face. He was rushed to hospital. Friends and fellow workers say that Thitiphong was feeding 3 tigers inside a cage as normal. The park has been closed due to the lack of tourists. They told reporters that Thitiphong had never had problems with these tigers before.

But one of the tigers “jumped” at the worker and started attacking him, apparently unprovoked. Nearby staff saw what was happening and rushed to help pull him away from the attacking tiger. Their quick action probably saved him from being killed.

The Elephant Kingdom Park has been closed since the start of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Thailand back in March. But staff have remained employed to continue feeding and taking care of the animals. The incident is now being investigated and police say they will interview Thitiphong when he is able to speak to them.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Russian in Pattaya offers 100,000 baht reward for missing cat

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A Russian resident in Pattaya is offering a hefty reward for anyone who finds her missing 9 month old cat. The woman, 46 year old Oksana Kobzar met with Associated Pattaya Press today to send out the message of the reward for finding her beloved white Main Coon furry friend.

Kobzar says her treasured pussy left her house in Bang Lamung District in Chonburi Province earlier this week and her family has had no luck finding it. She says the cat is a rare breed in Thailand and she had bought it for her daughter’s birthday. The long-time expat also noted that other cats have gone missing in her neighborhood in the past few months.

Below is the poster with information on how to contact Kobzar if the cat is found.

 

 

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