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CHIANG MAI — A task force led by soldiers of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) on Thursday swept through four villages and arrested five people, while confiscating 150 processed pieces of illegal timber and 50 logs from an area in Chiang Dao district known for resistance to official inspections. 

A combined force of military and police officers and park officials raids four villages in Chiang Mai's Chiang Dao district on Thursday, where they seized numerous pieces of illegal timber and logs. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)

The arrests and seizure followed simultaneous raids on four villages in tambon Ping Kong by a 500-strong team of military-police officers and park officials from Sri Lanna National Park to crack down on forest invasion and illegal logging. The villages were Huay Nam Rin, Ban Kew Hai, Ban Parng Tong Nok and Ban Parng Nai.

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