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Police arrest suspect who allegedly sold assault rifles stolen from military base

Tanutam Thawan



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Officers in Thailand’s Deep South have arrested a man for allegedly selling assault rifles that were stolen from a military base in Narathiwat, a province by the Malaysian border with ongoing violence from the religious separatist insurgency. 6 out of the 26 AK102 assault rifles stolen from the the 4th Army Area base have been found. Earlier reports said 28 assault rifles were stolen from the base.

A man identified as Hazan Samae was arrested. Police say he confessed to selling the rifles. Reports say the guns were being used by insurgents. The other rifles are still missing.

Following reports of the missing assault rifles, troops in Narathiwat were ordered to report the inventory of weapons at the military arms depots. 9 more AK102 assault rifles were reported missing from 4 other armories.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, June 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Thais would sell their grandmothers for a case of Chang.
    I once bought a man’s pet cockerel. He was living behind a food stall in an ally behind the hotel.
    It was crowing half the night and I sent a waiter to buy it. The man wanted B500. I paid and the waiter took it off to release somewhere.
    He probably sold it . . .
    They thought me. “Him money too much” after that.
    I bet if you offered a Thai cop enough money for his gun he would sell it. Then claim to his boss it had been stolen


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    Friday, June 4, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    @Toby Andrews-Ok,that is funny Toby, lol!

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, June 4, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Any army in battle against Thai soldiers would only have to shout over no man’s land. “How much do you want for your M16?
    Thais soldiers would sell everything including grenades and scoot off home claiming the enemy overrun us.

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    steve geier

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Must be a problem with the lock on the Bamboo Armoury.

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