Insurgent gets death sentence for role in military outpost attack
Published: 25/11/2012 at 12:00 AM
The Narathiwat provincial court has sentenced an insurgent to death as the trial of 15 suspects implicated in the deadly attack on a military outpost in January 2011 concluded yesterday.
The court also jailed four other inurgents, one for life and three for 35 years each.
Eight suspects were acquitted by the court, while one died during the trial and another jumped bail and is in hiding, said Col Pramote Prom-in, spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Region 4.
The 15 suspects were on trial for their alleged involvement in a raid on the 38th Narathiwat special task force's outpost in Rangae district on Jan 19, 2011.
The Teachers' Federation of the Three Southern Border Provinces yesterday met to discuss security measures for teachers working in the far South following the killing of a headmistress in Pattani province on Thursday.
Federation chairman Boonsom Thongsiprai said teacher representatives would hold talks with security agencies, religious leaders and governors of the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat to work out ways to improve security for teachers.
The federation's move came after Nanthana Kaewchan, director of Tha Kamcham School in Pattani's Nong Chik district, was shot dead by heavily armed men while driving home from the school on Thursday.
Nanthana was the 154th teacher killed since the insurgency flared up in early 2004, federation advisor Boonchuay Thongsri said. He said the federation planned to ask the government for improved welfare benefits and safety for teachers.
A haul of explosives and bomb-making materials was found buried in a rubber plantation in Narathiwat's Rueso district yesterday.
Also in Rueso, three suspected insurgents were detained during a raid on five houses.
A combined team of 100 security officers yesterday travelled to Pongjueti village in tambon Lalor in Rueso district to search the five houses following a tipoff that members of the Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) separatist group were making bombs there.
Before they searched the houses, the team received a report from local residents that a group of strangers had hidden in a rubber plantation behind their village.
The officers split into two teams, with one scouring the plantation and the other searching the five houses.
The first team found a 11kg homemade bomb, a large quantity of explosives, a cooking-gas cylinder, sacks of fertiliser, fuel, nine batteries and other bomb-making materials buried in the plantation.
The other team arrested three suspected insurgents during their raid on the houses.
The suspects were detained for questioning at a military base yesterday.
Pol Col Dulyaman Yaena, chief of Rueso police station, said the seized bombs were believed to have been intended for use in a round of attacks in the district.http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/322940/insurgent-gets-death-sentence-for-role-in-military-outpost-attack