A combined force of hundreds of police, soldiers and civilian officials has been deployed to go after 13 armed militants involved in the killing of four soldiers. Three arrests have been made so far
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Two military rangers stop and talk to the driver of a pickup truck in Pattani’s Muang district. S PAREZ LOHASANT
Forces scour South for attackers
Police insist arrested suspects not scapegoats
A combined force of hundreds of police, soldiers and civilian officials has been deployed to go after 13 armed militants who remain at large after unleashing a barrage of bullets at six soldiers patrolling on motorcycles in Pattani's Mayo district on Saturday morning.
Most of the militants were natives of Mayo and further investigations found they were still hiding in the district, Mayo police chief Pol Col Gong-aut Suwannakham told the Bangkok Post.
Pol Col Gong-aut said witnesses called in for questioning yesterday confirmed they could help identify many of the assailants from footage captured on a concealed CCTV camera installed near the scene of the shootout.
A security camera captures the attack on six soldiers patrolling Pattani’s Mayo district.
"We want more villagers who witnessed the crime scene and also knew these militants to help provide us with information that could lead to more arrests soon," the police chief said.
Pol Col Gong-aut said he is confident the three suspects already arrested in connection with the killings were involved in Saturday's widely-publicised attack, which killed four soldiers and wounded two others.
The suspects were not arrested as scapegoats for the incident, he insisted.
The three were caught after a joint force of 50 military, police and civilian officials raided their homes in tambon Namsai of Pattani's Mayo district.
The sting operation came just hours after 16 heavily-armed militants opened fire on the six soldiers, who were patrolling Mayo-Ban Palat Road in Mayo district on Saturday morning.
Surveillance camera footage from a video recording of the incident aired on several TV channels soon after.
Officials said the three suspects in custody were spotted on security cameras in various locations.
They were identified as Ismael Daong, 31, Rosuedee Jeurae, 28, and Mr Rosuedee's younger brother Samael Jeurae, 25. All three are residents of Mayo's tambon Rubo Yeurai, said Pisan Awae, Mayo district chief.
Mr Ismael was spotted before the attacks talking on a cell phone as he rode on a motorcycle past a hospital on his way out of Mayo district.
He allegedly monitored the army patrol unit and pointed them out to the militants, Mr Pisan said.
The Jeurae brothers were caught on CCTV cameras at the shooting scene while allegedly firing at the soldiers.
One of the brothers has a limp, which allowed authorities to easily identify the suspect, Mr Pisan said.
Mr Pisan has requested that more CCTV cameras be installed in the three troubled provinces in the deep South to help track down perpetrators quickly.
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rangers – soldiers who are specially trained to make surprise attacks on an enemy ทหารเฉพาะกิจสำหรับสงครามกองโจรหรือการจู่โจมอย่างกะทันหัน
scour – to search a place or document thoroughly for something ค้นหา, ตรวจหา
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
scapegoat – someone who is blamed for something that is not their fault, especially because someone else wants to avoid being blamed ผู้รับเคราะห์แทนคนอื่น, แพะรับบาป
combined – joint; done together รวมกัน
civilian – of someone who does not belong to the armed forces or the police พลเรือน
deploy – (of police or soldiers) to put in place ready for action ส่ง (ทหารตำรวจ) ประจำการ
militants – people who use violent or forceful methods to achieve something ผู้ใช้ความรุนแรงในการโจมตี
at large – not having been caught by the police ลอยนวล, ยังไม่ถูกจับกุม
unleash – to release suddenly a strong, uncontrollable and usually destructive force ปล่อย, ก่อให้เกิดผลรุนแรง
barrage – a large number or amount of something, especially something bad – การระดมโจมตี
bullet – a small, metal object that is shot from a gun กระสุนปืน
patrol – to move regularly around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime or to watch for an enemy ลาดตระเวน
native – someone who was born in a particular place ชาวพื้นเมือง
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน
witness – a person who sees something happen ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
identify – to specify who someone is ระบุชื่อ
assailant – someone who violently attacks another person ผู้ทำร้าย
CCTV footage – video from a CCTV camera ภาพหรือหนังในเทปวิดีโอจากกล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย
conceal – to hide something ซุก ซ่อน
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
confident – being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
publicise – to make information about something generally available เผยแพร่
wounded – injured, especially where your skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously บาดเจ็บ
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
raid – to forcefully and suddenly enter a place to catch criminals or to search for something like drugs ใช้กำลังเข้าค้นสถานที่หรือ จับกุมคนร้าย
sting operation – an action by police to catch criminals
surveillance camera – a camera kept in a place to record what happens there, especially criminal activity กล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย
in custody – under the control of the police, usually in a jail อยู่ใต้การคุ้มครอง
spot – to see or notice สังเกตเห็น
location – where someone or something is ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
monitor – keep track of ตรวจ, ติดตาม, เฝ้าสังเกต
limp – walking with difficulty because of an injured leg or foot การเคลื่อนไหวอย่างกระโผลกกระเผล
perpetrator – someone who has committed a crime, or a violent or harmful act ผู้ก่อการ
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