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An army sergeant and a civilian were arrested early Monday morning for allegedly carrying two guns, ammunition and other items including a map of Lumpini Park, the main inner-city protest site of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). 

Sgt Jakkapong Sriprom, 27, of Directorate of Joint Communications, and Sattawat Chaiyaporn, 24,  were travelling in a pickup truck when they were stopped for a search at a police checkpoint on the MCOT intersection on Rama 9 Road. 

A search of the vehicle revealed an MP5 submachine gun, a 9mm Glock handgun, more than 70 9mm and .223 calibre bullets and a giant firecracker. They were found in a shoulder bag placed on the back seat.

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