SBPAC: No compo for killed militants

The families of the 16 militants killed in an attack on a marine base in Narathiwat's Bacho district on Wednesday are not entitled to standard compensation of 7.5 million baht, but will receive remedial assistance and psychological counselling, Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC) deputy secretary-general Lertkiat Wongpothinan said on Thursday.

Mr Lertkiat was commenting on a report that the government would consider giving compensation to families of the militants killed in the attack.

He said this raised false hopes that the families would be entitled to 7.5 million baht compensation - the same as the families of innocent people who lost their lives in counter-insurgency actions taken by government forces.

The SBPAC deputy chief said compensation would be given to people whose property was damaged that day -  such as houses, cars and rubber plantations. The authorities had yet to look into this matter in detail.

As for the families of the militants killed in action, they would be given remedial and mental rehabilitation.

Mr Lertkiat and Pol Col Tawee Sodsong, the SBPAC secretary-general, and officers from the 4th Army will today travel to Bacho district in Narathiwat to meet people affected by yesterday's incident.

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