- Published: 21/01/2011 at 09:50 AM
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Southern insurgents still have a powerful punch as Wednesday night's shocking raid clearly showed.
A soldier stands guard at the entrance of a military camp in Rangae district of Narathiwat yesterday following a raid on the camp by armed rebels the previous night. Four Thai soldiers were killed and 13 others injured when about 50 militants attacked the base. AFP
Raiders seize arms cache
Assault leaves 4 dead, 13 troops wounded
A soldier injured in Wednesday's raid on the military camp receives treatment. AFP
Heavily armed troops and helicopters are combing a mountainous area in Narathiwat's Rangae district in pursuit of insurgents who attacked an army outpost and made off with a large number of weapons.
Four soldiers were killed and 13 were wounded in the deadly assault on an army outpost in Ban Marue Botok on Wednesday night.
The massive manhunt yesterday involved 300 troops, local authorities and sniffer dogs who searched Tawe mountain where the militants were believed to be hiding.
Trails of blood found 500 metres from the outpost suggested several of the attackers had been wounded in the 30-minute gunbattle and were taking shelter on the mountain.
Fourth Army commander Udomchai Thammasarorat supervised the search operation.
Security forces also searched nearby villages for clues and it was reported that five villagers were taken in for questioning. Authorities are expected to seek arrest warrants in coming days.
Army commander-in-chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said yesterday Tawe mountain was the focus of the massive manhunt.
"Intelligence reports indicate the suspected hideout of the militants is in the area," Gen Prayuth said. "But so far security forces haven't located it."
The raid is being described as one of the best planned attacks on a military base since the Jan 4, 2004, assault on a military camp in Cho Airong district of Narathiwat in which the attackers made off with a huge amount of firearms.
Some of those involved in that early attack are believed to have taken part in this latest raid as the firearms used on Wednesday night were among those stolen in previous militant actions.
The attackers on Wednesday made off with about 60 guns including M16 rifles and handguns and 4,000 rounds of ammunition. Among the four soldiers killed in the assault were the unit commander, Capt Krit Khampirayan. Two of the 13 wounded are in critical condition.
The power to the base was cut off before the assault, which opened on the rear of the camp. The troops called for back-up but reinforcements were hindered by felled trees and spikes spread across the access roads by the mililtants. A helicopter had to be called in to fly in the reinforcements.
More than 700 spent shells were collected from the scene yesterday. The weapons used included M16s, M60s, AK automatic rifles, shotguns and handguns.
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raid – a short surprise attack on an enemy การจู่โจม,การโจมตี
armed – using weapons ติดอาวุธ
rebels – people who try to remove a government or leader by force ผู้ก่อกบฏ
militant – someone who uses violent methods to achieve something นักรบ ผู้ต่อสู้กัน
base – a place where an army, a navy, etc. operates from
raider – a person who makes a quick attack on an enemy ผู้เข้าจู่โจมทันที
seize – to take something using force ยึดครอง
arms – weapons อาวุธ
cache – a quantity of things that have been hidden or stored, especially weapons สิ่งที่ซ่อนไว้
assault – an attack by the armed forces การจู่โจม
troops – soldiers, especially in large numbers กองทหาร
wounded – injured, especially where your skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously บาดเจ็บ
comb – to search a place or an area very carefully in order to find something ค้นหาอย่างละเอียด
pursuit – the act of following or chasing somebody การไล่ตาม
insurgent – someone who belongs to a group of people fighting to take control of their country by force กลุ่มก่อการกบถ
outpost – a small military camp away from the main army, used for watching an enemy's movements, etc ค่ายทหารเล็กๆ
massive - very large in size, amount or numberใหญ่โต
manhunt – an organised search for a person or group การล่าหัว การตามล่าจับกุม
authorities – the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
sniffer dogs – dogs trained to smell and find particular things, e.g., missing people, dead bodies, illegal drugs, etc.
trail – long line or series of marks that is left by somebody/something ร่องรอยที่ทิ้งไว้ให้ตามได้
suggest – to show that something is possibly true ชวนคิด
shelter – a place where people are protected from danger or bad weather; a temporary place to stay ที่หลบภัย ที่พักชั่วคราว
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
supervise – to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly ดูแล ควบคุม
search – looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something การค้นหา
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers การปฏิบัติการ
clue – an object or fact that someone discovers that helps them solve a crime or mystery ร่องรอย
arrest warrant – a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone หมายจับ
focus – the thing or person that people are most interested in จุดสนใจ, จุดสำคัญ, จุดหลัก
intelligence – information collected about the secret plans of an enemy, criminal organisations, competitors, etc. ข่าวกรอง ข้อมูลลับ
indicate – to show that something is true, exists or will happen แสดง, ทำให้รู้
hideout – a place where somebody goes when they do not want anyone to find them สถานที่หลบภัย (โดยเฉพาะกับพวกที่ตำรวจต้องการตัว)
locate – to find where something is หาทำเล,หาที่ตั้ง
firearms – guns อาวุธปืน
rifle – a large gun with a long barrel that you hold against your shoulder to fire ปืนยาว, ปืนไรเฟิล
round – a bullet or a shot that is fired from a weapon นัด(กระสุน) ชุดยิง
ammunition – bullets, bombs, etc that can be fired from a weapon อาวุธยุทธภัณฑ์, ลูกกระสุน
critical condition – very seriously ill or injured and might die อาการหนัก
rear – back ด้านหลัง
back-up – support; reinforcements การระดมกำลัง
reinforcements – extra police officers or soldiers who go to help an existing group police officers or soldiers การระดมกำลัง
hinder – to hamper; to stop someone or something from making progess or developing ขัดขวาง
felled – (of a tree) cut down
spike – something sharp and pointed, especially a piece of metal or wood ตะปูยักษ์
access road – a road used for driving into or out of a particular place ออกทางขนาน
spent – used ที่ใช้ไป
shell – a weapon consisting of a metal container filled with a substance that explodes, fired from gun กระสุนปืน
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
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