Marines give aid to slain rebel's village

NARATHIWAT - A marine taskforce on Tuesday delivered aid to a village in Bacho district that was once home to the slain leader of an insurgency group.

  • Published: 20/03/2013 at 12:00 AM
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Somkiat: Regrets use of force

Capt Somkiat Ponprayun, chief of Royal Thai Marine Taskforce, led the visit, which distributed aid at the Tadika mosque in Ban Duku Surao.

Former militant leader Maroso Chantrawadee, who was killed last month in a clash with the military, had once stayed in the area along with his followers.

Members of Capt Somkiat's medical team provided villagers with free health checks, while mechanics offered complimentary motorcycle servicing.

The visitors also distributed educational materials and consumer goods.

During the visit, Capt Somkiat presided over the handover ceremony for the Tadika Building, which was funded by the navy and will be used by residents for religious study. More than 1,000 villagers attended the event.

Speaking during the ceremony, Capt Somkiat said he regretted the marine unit's use of force to repel an attack on their camp in tambon Bareh Nua by about 50 armed militants on Feb. 13. The clash resulted in 16 armed militants, including Maroso, being killed.

The military leader said he was pleased to see so many villagers, including relatives of the killed insurgents, turning out for the event. Good cooperation between local officials and villagers will pave the way for peace, he said.

Citing frequent insurgency activity in the area, Capt Somkiat said he hopes local people will give up violence and help establish peace.

At least eight insurgents remain active in the area, the relatives of whom have been asked to turn them in to the authorities, Capt Somkiat said.

Meanwhile, an assistant village head was shot and killed in Pattani's Yarang district Tuesday - the second assistant village head slain in two days.

Maming Dueramae, 56, from Ban Jurae Bongo in tambon Khao Tum, was driving his motorcycle to visit his daughter when two men on another motorcycle came up behind him. The pillion rider shot and injured Maming who fell from his motorcycle. The victim tried to escape but the gunman shot him in the head, killing him instantly, according to police.

Sapae-ing Sulong, an assistant village head from Khok Pho district, was shot dead on Monday.

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