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Sentences handed down for militants linked to truck theft and murder in Songkhla

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One militant has been sentenced to death and another three handed down life sentences.

The sentences were handed down by the presiding judge at the Na Thawee provincial court yesterday in the southern province of Songkhla after being found guilty of murder, robbery and illegal detention.

A fifth defendant was sentenced to two years and eight months prison for being an accessory to the crimes committed by the four militants.

Read about the original crime HERE.

The five were charged with robbing a used car dealership in Nathawee district of Songkhla province in August 2017.  The perpetrators held the dealership owner and three employees hostage before shooting them, killing one and wounding another.

According to prosecutors, the five escaped with five stolen pickup trucks which were to be converted into car bombs.  One of the stolen trucks was intercepted by security forces at a roadblock in Nong Chik district of the southernmost province of Pattani while a second vehicle exploded on a road, also in Nong Chik district.  The third stolen truck was later found abandoned by the roadside in Kok Po district of Pattani.

A manhunt was launched for the gang and police managed to apprehend the five suspects.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Southern insurgency: Ranger shot dead in Songkhla house

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FILE PHOTO: The latest shooting in a spate of recent violence in the southern provinces – The Nation

A ranger based in Yala has been shot dead at his home in Songkhla’s Muang district.

Pol Capt Adirek Burintrapibal, the deputy inspector of Muang Songkhla police station, was alerted at 8.30pm last night of the shooting at a house in Moo 10 village in Tambon Pawong.

The Nation reports that 43 year old Charoen Moraphan died when a bullet hit him in the left side of his chest.

His wife, Khiew, says she was at the back of the house while Charoen was watching TV in the living room facing towards the front door. She says her husband was on leave from his Yala ranger base for two weeks.

Police claim a gunman inserted a gun barrel through the front door and opened fire at Charoen, hitting him once in the chest.

Police are yet to identify the motive for the killing, the latest in a spate of violence in the southern provinces.

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50+ motorbike taxi drivers blockade southern border

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50 Thai motorcycle taxi drivers have set up a blockade at the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint to protest what they allege are unworkable, stricter immigration checks now imposed by Malaysian immigration officials.

The taxi drivers say they have been bringing Thai tourists across the border in Songkhla’s Sadao district to the duty-free shops in Malaysia’s Padang Besar for years.

Yesterday morning’s temporary blockade delayed several buses and cars carrying dozens of Malaysian tourists heading to Hat Yai.

Thai immigration police, army troops and local administration officials intervened and persuaded the taxi drivers to move their 50+ bikes blocking the road.

Drivers initially refused, demanding that Thai immigration officials negotiate with their Malaysian counterparts to ease the border crossing restrictions.

The border crossing process has been tightened in recent months by requiring production of a valid passport instead of border passes as was the case in the past. But many Thai motorcycle taxi drivers do not have passports and say the new restrictions are overly restrictive and an alternative solution should be accommodated.

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Four rangers escape unharmed after insurgents’ attack in Narathiwat

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MAP: Narathiwat’s Ra Ngae district

Four rangers have escaped unhurt after southern insurgents detonated a roadside bomb in an attack in Narathiwat’s Ra Ngae district this morning.

Police say the attack happened at 8.10am on a main road in Ban Pa Phai village in Tambon Tanyong.

The bomb damaged a makeshift shelter for vendors to buy rubber latex from local villagers.

Police say the patrol of four rangers was approaching the area when the homemade bomb was detonated. But the timing was not right and the blast didn’t harm the rangers.

SOURCE: The Nation 

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