Isoc: Mae Lan killing 'not insurgents'
- Published: 29/05/2013 at 04:31 PM
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The shooting deaths of two paramilitary rangers on Tuesday in Pattani's Mae Lan district were not related to insurgency in the South, Region 4 Internal Security Operations Command spokesman Col Pramote Prom-in said.
Col Pramote said the killing was committed by a fellow ranger, who he named as Sarawut Khamphan.
The incident took place at 4.30am on Tuesday. According to earlier reports, six rangers patrolling on three motorcycles were ambushed by militants near a circle on Pattani-Yala road at Lutong village in tambon Mae Lan of Mae Lan district. Two of them - Pvt 1st Class Ronnawit Singsai, 31, and ranger Kringsak Thupphutsa, 31 - were killed.
In fact, it was ranger Sarawut, one of the six patrolmen, who shot his colleagues to death with an M16 rifle, the spokesman said.
Pol Col Pithak Uthaitham, the Mae Lan police chief, said Sarawut confessed he was angry at being frequently rebuked by Ronnawit, the patrol leader.
Sarawut was being detained at Mae Lan police station pending further legal action.
The emergency decree has been lifted in Mae Lan district and replaced with the Internal Security Act because authorities believe insurgency-related incidents are no longer a major threat.
Before details of the alleged murders were clear, the Tuesday shooting in Mae Lan caused authorities to consider reinstating the emergency decree.
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