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Surat Thani oyster farmstay burns down

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The Sinmana Farmstay oyster farm and resort has burned down after staff unwittingly sprayed the entire property with an accelerant to keep away mosquitos on Friday.

Sinmana Farmstay is located in the Kanchanadit District, Surat Thani, and was popular with tour groups who stay at the resort and caught oysters during their trip there.

According to staff at the resort, ahead of the arrival of a large tour group this weekend, staff created a blend of oil and diesel and sprayed it all over the property believing it would stop mosquitoes from bothering guests. Whether it was a good solution for keeping away mosquitoes couldn’t be tested as the concoction proved to be a potent fire accelerant instead.

Police say a spark ignited the fuel with the blaze spreading rapidly throughout the resort at around 5pm on Friday. Fire crews battled for three hours to put out the blaze which is estimated to have caused more than 10 million baht in damage.

No one was injured in the fire.

Meanwhile, Daily News are reporting that officials have been investigating claims of encroachment that the resort may have been illegally constructed. The claims have been made by local fisherman who say they had been unable to make a living because of the location of the resort in the water.

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Sinmana Farmstay, before the fire

SOURCE: Banmuang, Daily News



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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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One dead, one injured in Narathiwat garage shooting

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A gunman has opened fire at a Malaysian garage owner in Narathiwat’s Sungai Golok district last night, killing him and severely injuring a Malaysian employee.

54 year old Sulaimi bin Mat Ali died at the Sungai Golok Hospital after the 8:30pm shooting at his car workshop on Soi Pracha Ruamjai off Pracha Uthit 2 Road in Ban Sarayor village in Tambon Pasemus.

The man was shot three times. 19 year old Muhumad Shahrul Aima Aziz, was shot in his right arm.

Police said the two Malaysian men were having dinner inside the garage when two men arrived on a motorcycle. The passenger fired at them with an M16 assault rifle. Police found six spent shells at the scene.

Police say they believe the shooting was motivated by a business conflict.

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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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