POLICE IN Narathiwat arrested a suspect for whom 13 arrest warrants have been issued for a string of bombings in the three southern provinces yesterday afternoon (Sep. 17), Naewna newspaper said today.
Col. Kiattisak Neewong, a spokesman for Internal Security Operations Command Region 4, Forward Division, said a police team who had set up a checkpoint on Highway 42 in front of Paluka Samo police station chased a sedan that made a U-turn and fled upon getting close to the roadblock.
Police soon caught up with the sedan and found five men inside with one of them being Mr. Azman, 28, from Lam Phlai subdistrict, Thepha district, Songkhla province.
The most important cases are as follows:
– The bombing of a teachers protection unit in Saba Yoi district, Songkhla province, on June 21, 2019, leading to six officers being wounded;
– A bomb attack on fishermen and an explosives disposal team on February 3, 2022 leading to three persons being seriously injured;
– Bombing a freight train on Hat Yai – Padang Besar line on December 3, 2022, damaging many cars and setting off another bomb when railway officials went to repair the track killing three persons and injuring four others.
The bombing suspect and the others travelling with him were taken to an interrogation centre for questioning.
Lt. Gen. Santi Sakuntanaga, commander of the 4th Army Region/director of the 4th Region Internal Security Operations Command,instructed officers at the interrogation centre to treat the detained suspects according to humanitarian principles with every step being transparent.
Those who come across suspicious behaviour can either call Internal Security Operations Command Region 4 hotline 1341 or the direct line 0611732999 all 24 hours.
Top and Front Page: The flag of southern separatists found the car the bombing suspect was travelling in.
Insert: Col. Kiattisak Neewong briefing the press about the arrest.Photos: Naewna